Your skin takes a beating in the summer if not properly cared for. Dryness, redness, irritation, dehydration, UV damage are just some of the roadblocks on your path to baby smooth skin. What’s more, very few people are aware that the skin needs hydration in summer as well, not just in winter. So, keeping your complexion protected and hydrated, while soothing redness and irritation that come with those unforgettable days of fun in the sun are a must this season.
Now, let’s see our editors’ favorite summer skin care tips for a truly healthy and smooth skin, regardless of your skin type.
Our Top Summer Skin Care Tips for Baby Smooth Skin
This one is a no-brainer, but many people fail the test. They either ignore solar protection altogether, use an ineffective sunblock, or apply it improperly. UV radiation can take a heavy toll on the skin, specifically on the dry or sensitive one. Prolonged exposure to the summer sun destroys the collagen and elastin in our skin, causing it to lose firmness, strength, and youthful look. Also, the summer sun can dry out any type of skin if left unprotected. So, don’t count on your sebaceous glands to work overtime to make up for it.
Broad-spectrum sun protection is critical in the scorching summer months, but many skin care experts recommend wearing a SPF product year-round. Unsurprisingly most cases of skin cancer and other types of sun damage in seniors are caused by careless sun exposure. And if you think that you’re safe in your car or office, bear in mind that up to 80% of solar radiation can easily get through almost any type of glass and car window.
An easy way to prevent your skin from achieving that parched and lifeless look in the summer is using a quality sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Also, make sure that you follow the instructions on the package to a tee. So, if it says to refresh every 80 minutes or so, don’t forget to do it. Also, if you are concerned about the chemicals you are applying to your skin, opt for a mineral sunscreen, rather than a chemical one. It is much safer but needs to be applied more frequently than its chemical counterparts.
Steer Clear of Alcohol and Hot Water
These two are extremely drying for your skin. So, if you are looking to preserve or restore your summer skin glow, replace hot showers with lukewarm showers and alcohol with something non-alcoholic. Alcohol absorbs the fluids in your body and prompts you to urinate more. This means that it dries out your skin too and gives it an ashy or lifeless appearance. You may conceal these ill effects of booze with makeup, but a severely dehydrated skin is the weakest barrier against more dehydration, skin issues, bacteria, and viruses.
Exfoliation Done Right
In the summer, those clogged pores and out-of-the-blue breakouts need some care. But exfoliation boosts the skin’s natural sensitivity to the sun by a whopping 45%. So less is more in this case. However, exfoliation frequency largely depends on your level of activity. If you spend lots of time outdoors and look forward to getting a tan, postpone exfoliation and focus more on sun protection, hydrating masks, and anti-redness lotions.
If you are less concerned about getting that sun-kissed look, you can exfoliate your skin 1 to 2 times per week in the summer. For a gentler exfoliation, try a physical exfoliator like a dry brush. You can get rid of dry skin cells and make room for new ones very quickly via dry brushing.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget about your lips as they need occasional exfoliation too. After banishing all the dry skin, flakes, and lipstick from your lips, don’t forget about moisturization. We recommend using our KINO Organic Coconut Mango CBD Lip Balm, as cannabidiol (CBD) is a potent hemp-derived compound that nourishes the skin, locks moisture in, and reduces inflammation like very few other natural ingredients can. You can read more on CBD’s anti-inflammatory prowess here and here.
Naturally Keep Your Skin Hydrated
In the summer, you don’t need those dense nourishing creams you may be using in winter. But a quality hydrating cream is a must, especially if you go outdoors a lot or the temperatures in your area are very high; and if the hydrating cream is a natural moisturizer, all the better! Moisturizers normalize your skin’s natural sebum production, prevent dry skin, and restore lost moisture.
Look for a hydrating cream or lotion that contains active ingredients that can visibly reduce inflammation, nourish, and hydrate for a true smooth feel, such as our best-selling CBD (Coconut Lilikoi) Kukui Nut Oil Body Lotion. Our customers swear by this product for helping them soothe sensitive and irritated skin and rashes, keeping dry patches hydrated, and achieve a consistently baby smooth skin after each application, and all of these in an all-natural and cruelty- and toxin-free way.
For the best results, apply the lotion after the shower, while your pores are still open and ready to receive all the moisturizing goodness, followed by one of our CBD-infused Kukui But Oils to help seal and lock moisture in.
Ramp Up Your Water Intake
In the summer, drinking plenty of water is an absolute must for achieving that baby-smooth look and keeping your organs in top shape. Experts recommend drinking more water than usual to boost the metabolic process within your cells, help flush out nasty toxins, and keep your skin plump and hydrated.
Hydration from within can be also be achieved by eating plenty of fruits that are in season during the summer, like berries, grapes, watermelon, peaches, plums, and cherries. You will not only supplement your water intake in a pleasant way, but you will also give your body the necessary micronutrients and antioxidants to keep your skin plump and radiant.
To Wrap It Up
Love your skin in the summer, and your skin will love you back. Want to achieve that baby smooth and healthy-looking visage? Don’t leave your summer skin care to chance. Sun protection, exfoliation, and hydration may look like a lot of work, but they will pay dividends for your health and looks in the long run.