Flag this photoWhen spring fades into summer, it is officially time to shed your cardigans, scarves and jackets in favor of short sleeves and swimsuits. Although summer is all about relaxing in the warm sunshine, it can be hard to relax when you feel self-conscious about dry, blemished or problematic skin. Take the time to pamper your complexion and you can have flawless, glowing skin that's the perfect accessory to your summer wardrobe.Related Searches:Difficulty:EasyInstructions 1
Cut back on common causes of dehydration such as coffee, sodas, smoking or alcohol in addition to drinking plenty of fresh, pure water every day. Find out how much water to drink per day; divide your weight in pounds by 2. The resulting number is how many ounces of water you should drink to improve your skin. If you weigh 120 pounds, for instance, drink 60 ounces of water per day.2
Read the ingredients on your beauty products. Avoid cleansers that contain harsh chemicals that actually create damage over time. Before buying a product, such as a gel, moisturizer or foaming cleanser, check the label for natural, plant-based ingredients. Choose fragrance-fee products reduce the risk of allergic reactions.3
Moisturize with formulated creams and oils to give you soft, supple and glowing skin. Look for face and body moisturizers that will both hydrate and nourish your skin. Choose products with beneficial ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera, jojoba, coconut and almond oil. Gently blend moisturizer into your skin in circular motions, letting it settle into your skin before applying makeup or getting dressed.4
Apply sunscreen to prevent sun damage, which results in older-looking skin, including wrinkles, spots and other blemishes. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20, covering any skin that will be exposed. Use sunscreen on your neck, shoulders, arms, legs, neckline and back, in addition to protecting the delicate skin on your face.5
Shave carefully to avoid razor nicks and bumps, which can ruin the look of your new bikini or sundress. Use a moisturizing shaving gel and let your legs soak in warm water for several minutes before shaving, softening the hairs. Take your time shaving to avoid unsightly nicks. Directly after shaving, apply a gentle moisturizer to avoid bumps or dryness. Apply witch hazel to soothe existing razor bumps.Tips & Warnings
In addition to your everyday routines, try microdermabrasion, a treatment that buffs the skin and helps skin cells regenerate, producing a more youthful look. Professional microdermabrasion treatments tend to be expensive, so if you are on a budget, microdermabrasion works as an occasional indulgence to boost your normal anti-aging methods. For instance, schedule a treatment right before the start of summer.
Sunlight coming through windows can also result in gradual sun damage and blemished skin. Apply a light layer of sunscreen beneath your usual makeup, even when you are not headed to the beach.
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