10 Skincare Tips To Use This Summer

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It's almost May, which according to my calendar means it's practically summer. The commencement of this season requires me to ever-so-willingly stuff all of my plaid, wool and argyle sweaters into the suitcases beneath my bed and exchange with my plethora of denim shorts, tank tops and bikini's. It is officially time to replace red wine with white, wind burn with tan lines, and hot tea for iced. Although, I cannot make said change for my coffee, iced is a total downgrade in my opinion, which has likely just resulted in a slight loss of my overall credibility. Oh well, sorry I'm not sorry.

As the summer season lazily enters our polar-vortex exhausted lives, it is also time to swap our winter skin regimens with one that frequents beaches, humidity, sun, and sweat. And so, here are 10 skincare tips to use this summer:

1. Wear the right sunscreen.
Avoid rubbing greasy sunscreens on your face, instead look for ‘screens that contain at least an SPF of 15 and are oil-free. Remember to reapply to your skin every few hours to prevent sun spots, freckles, pre-mature wrinkling, and harmful UV damage. Hats also make great accessories in protecting your skin!

Use blotting tissues to eliminate extra shine, as oily skin is more prevalent during summer months. Consider swapping your foundation for a lighter BB cream with silicone or tinted moisturizer, which won't clog your pores.

3. Use Biore Self-Heating One Minute Mask
This charcoal mask will melt away the extra dirt and oil accompanied with summer festivities by opening pores and drawing out the dirt. It will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth in just sixty seconds! Ahh, radiance!

4. Exfoliate.
Remove those dead winter skin cells, excess oil, and leftover sunscreen by using a scrub or brush on dry skin before you shower. Don't forget to apply lotion/moisturizer post exfoliation for best results!

5. Eat lots of melon.
I know this will take lots of coercion. Anytime eating is advised in bettering myself, I think: challenge accepted. Cantaloupe is especially essential for gorgeous summer skin, according to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who claims that “the sweet delicious fruit is rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion.” You heard the doctor, eat away!

6. Exercise.
Give your skin a natural glow by sticking to an exercise routine. We all know exercising is dire for good health, but it also increases blood flow to help nourish skins cells. Sweating opens your pores to help rid your skin of dirt and impurities.

7. Properly treat your sunburn.
Although it's difficult to ignore, leaving sunburn untreated can be detrimental to your skins' health. The nutritional and anti-oxidant properties in aloe vera will help your burns heal quickly and properly.

8. Hydrate.
Excess summer sweating and sun exposure result in a lack of moisture. Make sure you consume enough water and don't ditch your moisturizing routine! (Seasonal fruits, especially watermelon have high concentrations of H2O…you're welcome).

9. De-stress.
To prevent breakouts, it's important to manage stress levels. Whether it's reading a book, having a glass of wine (or two), hanging out with friends, or simply inhaling the warm summer breeze, find your zen and completely zone out.

10. Wash your face.
Duh, right? But it's easy to skimp on basic skin care maintenance, especially with a hectic summer schedule. Be sure to wash your face twice a day and don't allow makeup, or dirt and grime from the day to rest on your skin overnight.

This post is sponsored by Biore.