Sun’s out, buns out as they say! Beware, while trying to get the perfect sunkissed look, you may end up with dry, irritated skin or that annoying redness (better known as sunburn). With these easy tips, you can bypass the worst effects of the heat and get the glowy skin you desire this summer. 

  1. Prevent Burns with SPF 

Sunburns occur due to overexposure of the skin to ultraviolet rays. Our bodies’ melanin naturally tans the skin to protect against such rays; however, when one doesn’t produce enough melanin to effectively do so, they can experience the aforementioned sunburn. The best way to prevent painful, red sunburns is SPF. SPF.SPF! Whether your skin is heavily melanated or not, SPF should be an essential step in your summer skincare routine. Ensure that your daily moisturizer has SPF protection to bypass the distinct scent of traditional SPF, better yet, you can even wear it year-round! 

  1. Moisturize and Hydrate 

Dry skin can be both irritating and unsightly. We want our skin to glow and the best way to do so is through moisturizing! Natural products such as oatmeal and coconut oil soothe skin irritation and have anti-aging properties. Your skin will look healthier and feel smoother. Try our Antioxidant Body Cream with Shea & Baobab Oil for a light cream that hydrates and nourishes. Additionally, serums such as Vitamin C, lock in moisture, and combat hyperpigmentation while brightening skin. While there are several products that aid in skin moisture, steer clear of product ingredients that dry out skin such as alcohol, peppermint oil, witch hazel, and camphor.

Shea and Baobab Cream

Cool Showers

Take Cooler Showers for a light cream that hydrates and nourishes. Additionally, serums such as Vitamin C, lock in moisture, and combat hyperpigmentation while brightening skin. While there are several products that aid in skin moisture, steer clear of product ingredients that dry out skin such as alcohol, peppermint oil, witch hazel, and camphor. 

An underrated yet important aspect of retaining moisturize is your shower routine. While long, hot showers are relaxing, they tend to dry out skin much faster. Changing the temperature of your water to warm, or better yet cool, aids in moisture retention. Additionally, replacing your soap with a scent-free natural alternative provides your skin with an added layer of smoothness after every wash. 

  1. The Lighter The Better 

Lastly, keep it light! When it comes to summer clothing, avoid wool or synthetic fibers as they can irritate the skin. Instead, invest in the light and flowy fabrics such as cotton that retract sweat and create a natural breeze. In terms of makeup, try a lighter version of your regular routine. Sweat coupled with heavy makeup leads to major buildup which is a breeding ground for blemishes. 

Summer is the season for showing skin if you choose or simply embracing it with a lighter approach to your usual routine. Whichever way you choose to celebrate this time of year, remember to bring a travel-sized bottle of SPF or shea butter with you!