5 Tips for Smooth, Glowy Skin This Summer

5 Tips for Smooth, Glowy Skin This Summer

Summer is that time of year when we spend most of our time in bikini's (or at least that's the goal). However the combination of heat, humidity, and sun exposure can take a toll on our skins appearance and health.

Getting smooth, glowy, healthy skin this summer requires a bit of extra care and attention. Whether you're planning beach days, vacation, or just enjoying the sunshine in your backyard, these five tips will help you maintain radiant skin all season long.

Your 5 Tips for Summer Skin

1. Exfoliate but Don’t Over Exfoliate
Exfoliation is key to removing dead skin cells, which can clog pores and make your skin look dull. However, it's crucial to strike the right balance:
- Frequency: Aim to exfoliate 1-3 times a week, depending on your skin type. Sensitive skin may only need once a week, while oily or combination skin can handle more frequent exfoliation.
- Types of Exfoliants: Use a mix of physical exfoliants (like scrubs with fine grains) and chemical exfoliants (like AHAs and BHAs). Chemical exfoliants can be gentler on the skin and provide a deeper clean.
- Method: Be gentle when applying exfoliants. Avoid harsh scrubbing which can irritate the skin and cause micro-tears.

2. Hydrate (Inside) and Moisturize (Outside)
Keeping your skin hydrated is essential for maintaining its health and glow:
- Internal Hydration: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Aim for at least 8 glasses, but increase intake if you’re spending time in the sun or exercising. Bonus if you add some Celtic Sea Salt or liquid minerals to your water for maximum hydration.
- External Hydration: Use a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer in the morning and a richer cream at night. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides which help retain moisture. Bonus if you layer on an all natural fragrance free oil to really lock in that moisture. 
- Protective Measures: Apply sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage, which can cause dryness and accelerate aging.

3. Don’t Neglect the ‘Unsexy’ Body Parts
Smooth and glowy skin isn’t just for your face:
- Under Arms: Use gentle exfoliation to prevent ingrown hairs and follow with a soothing, fragrance free aftershave oil like this Bikini Oil.
- Bikini Line: To avoid irritation and ingrown hairs, gently exfoliate this area and after every shower apply a hydrating, fragrance-free moisturizer or oil—we recommend Bikini Oil, its packed with effective clean ingredients.
- Elbows and Knees: These areas often get dry and rough. Use a thicker cream or balm and consider applying a hydrating serum before your moisturizer.
- Feet: Regularly exfoliate your feet using a foot scrub or pumice stone and apply a heavy-duty moisturizer or foot cream. Wearing cotton socks overnight can help lock in moisture.

4. Sweat Often
Sweating can be beneficial for your skin, as it helps to flush out toxins:
- Exercise: Regular physical activity promotes circulation, which can help deliver nutrients to your skin cells and promote a healthy glow.
- Saunas and Steam Rooms: These can also help you sweat and detoxify your skin, but ensure you hydrate properly before and after to prevent dehydration.
- Post-Sweat Care: Always cleanse your skin after sweating to remove any impurities and prevent clogged pores. Use a gentle cleanser to avoid stripping your skin of natural oils.

5. Work on Your Skin from the Inside Out
Your diet and lifestyle play a significant role in your skin’s health:
- Nutrition: Eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins (A, C, E), and omega-3 fatty acids. Foods like berries, leafy greens, nuts, and fish can contribute to healthier skin.
- Supplements: Consider taking supplements like collagen, omega-3, and biotin if your diet lacks these nutrients. Consult a healthcare provider before starting any new supplements.
- Sleep and Stress Management: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Practice stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation, or deep-breathing exercises, as stress can negatively affect your skin. Rest when you feel you need to and learn to listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs and love you back for listening. 
- Avoid Harmful Products: This goes for household items such as your laundry detergent, the food you eat, all the way to your makeup and skincare products. Try to minimize your exposure to harmful ingredients and pollutants, all of which can damage your skin over time. Be sure to read the labels and do your own research. Be knowledgable about what is in your products, especially the ones you use on a daily basis. 

By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can keep your skin looking its best all season long (all year long). Remember, consistency is key, and taking care of your skin both inside and out will pay off with a radiant, healthy, glowing skin. So, get ready to enjoy the summer sun with confidence!

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