Protect Your Skin

Whether it’s the heat, the bugs or the sun, keeping your skin healthy during the summer months isn’t easy. Here are some daily practices that will minimize damage and keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful:

Cover up: Seek shade whenever possible, and be prepared with sunglasses and a hat to protect your face from unwanted rays. A wide-brimmed hat works better than a baseball cap because it protects your ears.

Moisturize: Always look for products that contain antioxidants or SPF. This type of moisturizer fits a wide variety of skin types while helping to prevent dry skin, which is more susceptible to damage. Don’t forget your lips! Apply lip balm several times a day to prevent them from cracking or peeling. It is also imperative to apply water-resistant sunscreen thoroughly and frequently while outside.

Exfoliate: Exfoliating one to two times per week will help you shed dead skin buildup and get rid of previous sun damage. It also rejuvenates the skin.

Limit bath time: Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath time and use warm -- as opposed to hot -- water. Use mild face and body cleansers because strong soaps can strip important oils from your skin. It is also beneficial to pat dry, which will allow some moisture to remain on your skin.