Our Tips On Managing Your Skin In The Summertime
If you’re anything like us, summer is your favorite time of the year. What is there not to love about summer? We have the benefits of warmer, longer days, summer vacations, our favorite music festivals, beach outings, and endless barbeques. But with everything there is to love about summer, I think we are all in agreeance when we say, our skin experiencing severe sun damage can be the worst part of summer. When we believe being damaged by the sun is the worst thing that our skin can experience, we deal with breakouts on top of sun damage.
Did you know that UV rays cause photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you’ve burned your skin or not? We’ve done some research on our end, and with our learnings from research and personal experience, we know for sure that there are some great methods to avoiding a lot of the popular summertime skin struggles we face due to sun overexposure. The Marketplace team has put together a list of our favorite skin management tips for the summertime.
Better Skin Means Better Choices
Choosing to make better choices when caring for our skin results in long-lasting positive results. Better choices can mean anything from upping our daily water intake to being more mindful of the products we use. Below are a few important tips we want to encourage:
- Invest in a quality SPF. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, a good SPF will be your saving grace. A good SPF moisturizer helps to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, shielding the skin from burns and some skin aging factors.
- Whatever you do, stay away from cleansing scrubs. Scrubs can appear to effective when in use, but are they really? In truth, abrasive scrubs, like the walnut ones or even salt or sugar face scrubs, are actually harmful to your skin. So, what’s really happening to your skin when you choose to use facial scrubs? The particles in scrubs create micro-tears in your skin. The micro tears weaken the skin barriers making your skin more vulnerable to damage. In short, say not to scrubs.
- We highly recommend products with clean, vegan + gluten-free. The ingredients found in a lot of skin care products and sunscreens have been linked to everything from hormonal disruptions to cancer. Many of these toxins may even be carcinogenic. Read your labels! When shopping for products, here are some chemicals to avoid: parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan and triclocarban, aminophenol, diaminobenzene, phenylenediamine (coal tar), oxybenzone, fragrance, and hydroquinone.
Healthy skin is a serious commitment. We don’t consider ourselves to be experts, and what works for one skin type doesn’t work for all. Our best advice is, if you’re considering adding a new product to your skin care regimen, we suggest consulting a dermatologist before doing so. If reading labels and mindful awareness with products is all too much for you, we highly recommend learning how to create DIY homemade personal care products that are made up of natural ingredients.