5 Skincare Tips to Keep your Summer Glow!
Just kidding! While sunscreen is our number one recommendation, even for darker skin tones, it’s not the only one.
Apply sunscreen in the morning as part of your daily routine to help prevent skin cancer and to help keep your skin healthier. Remember to reapply throughout the day, every two hours if you are outside. Look for broad spectrum protection sunscreen that protects against UVA/UVB rays. Use water resistant sunscreen for beach days. Wear lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Avoid sunscreens with high content of Titanium Dioxide. This mineral does not biodegrade and is found to react in warm seawater to form hydrogen peroxide, which is harmful to all sea life. Oxybenzone and octinoxate, recently banned in Hawaii, are believed to cause coral bleaching.
Here is a list of sunscreens deemed to be safe for coral reefs
Manda Organic SPF 50 Sun Paste
Raw Love SPF 35 All-natural Mineral Sunscreen
Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen
All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion
Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Lotion
Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen
Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Cream
Raw Elements SPF 30 Certified Natural Sunscreen
Stream2Sea SPF 30 Mineral Sunblock
Loving Naturals Clear Body SPF 30+ All-natural Sunscreen
Reef Safe Oxybenzone Free Biodegradable SPF 50 Sunscreen
Banana Boat Simply Protect SPF 50+ Sunscreen (spray, not lotion)
Dehydrated skin loses elasticity, makes eye bags and wrinkles to be more pronounced, and will contribute to you looking older quicker. Not only should you drink plenty of water throughout the day, but you should also keep your skin moisturized. Increase your level of hydration with intensive masques once or twice a week. Toners are a great way to prepare your skin for moisturizer because they work to even out skin porosity. Tip: Refresh with a revitalizing toner spritz at your desk, in the car, at the gym, on the plane!
Re-hydrate after sun exposure and cool the skin with a cool shower or bath. If you can take an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofin or naproxin, that helps inflamed skin significantly. Don’t forget to wear a hat, long sleeves, and wear sunglasses, especially after overexposure! Any lotion or cooling gel with Aloe Vera is the best thing for treating a sunburn. Think of a sunburn as a first degree burn all over your body. Be sure to see a dermatologist at least once a year to check for skin cancers.
Use a gentle scrub no more than 2-3 times per week to help remove sweat and grime buildup. Exfoliation increases photo sensitivity of skin, making UV rays more harmful. Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. Exfoliate in the morning before using toner, moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup. Tip: Makeup will last longer on exfoliated skin!
Swap heavy moisturizers for lightweight gel serums with SPF protection. For oily skin, look for oil-free formulas and water-based moisturizers. Unless you have very dry skin, most sunscreen will suffice as your moisturizer. However, don’t forget your lips! Avoid high-gloss lip products and if you can find lipstick with SPF protection, all the better. If you can’t, then try to stick to darker shades of lip color, which may help provide some sun protection. The skin underneath our eyes is the thinnest and weakest on our face. Wear broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses and be sure to start with a sunscreen every day.