Skin Care for the Last Burst of Summer

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Skin Care for the Last Burst of Summer
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Keeping your skin protected and healthy is essential from June through September. Some skin damage is irreversible, but with care and patience you can prevent signs of aging and take care of your skin to ensure that you look your best all year long.

Slather on the SPF
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Slather on the SPF

This should be a no brainer. Whether it's June or August, sunscreen is an essential part of caring for your skin during the summer months. “Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your chest,” said skin health expert Kate Somerville. “There are fewer skin cells per inch on your neck and chest, so they tend to be thinner and more prone to aging and damage. Just like your face, they must be protected.” She suggests opting for sunscreens with broad-spectrum protection, which means protection from all UV rays.

Hydrate from Within
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Hydrate from Within

Internal hydration is important to keep skin cells healthy, especially during the hot summer months. “Our cells need water to function efficiently,” said Somerville, whose client roster includes Taraji P. Henson, Anna Paquin, Jessica Alba and Lauren Conrad. “Without the proper hydration, they die.” Part of healthy hydration is avoiding dehydration. Somerville suggests avoiding diuretics, coffee, soda, alcohol, refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup, which can all be dehydrating.

Sun-smart Accessories
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Sun-smart Accessories

As Somerville said, “You don’t need to dress like a mummy when out in the sun, just make smart choices.” She said to opt for hats with a two or three inch brim to protect your face, neck and ears rather than visors and baseball caps that leave ears and back of your neck vulnerable. Wraparound sunglasses protect not only your eyes, but also the delicate skin around them. The less you squint, the less you’ll contribute to wrinkle formation.

Lip Service
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Lip Service

Don’t forget to protect and nourish your lips between sun exposure. A bad sunburn can cause the same dryness, peeling and irritation on your lips as it would the rest of your body. “Use lip balm that doesn’t contain peppermint essential oils or petroleum as both can actually dry out lips,” said Somerville.

Fake it All Summer Long
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Fake it All Summer Long

Don’t worry about soaking in every single last ray of sun toward the end of summer. You can still fool people into believing that you have a gorgeous, natural tan with sunless tanners. “The great thing about self-tanners is that you don’t need the sun’s damaging rays to get the color you want,” said Somerville.

Scrub it Away
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Scrub it Away

Refresh and renew skin by exfoliating two or three times a week and always before using self-tanner. “Ridding your body of dead skin cells leaves healthy cells on the surface and helps keep pores free of impurities,” said Somerville, whose product ExfoliKate uses natural fruit enzymes, gentle acids and microbeads. “Be careful not to over-exfoliate! Ingredients that are too harsh or over-treat your skin can comprise the external barrier and leave it unprotected.” Steer clear of anything with shredded nutshells that can tear summer’s sensitive skin.

Deep Clean
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Deep Clean

Sweat, sunscreen and dirt can clog pores making skin look unhealthy. “It’s important to step up your facial regimen in the summer,” said Somerville. “If you don’t normally get facials, it’s not a bad idea to do a few during the summer months so that debris doesn’t clog and stretch pores or cause breakouts.”

Makeup for Sizzling Summer Activities
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Makeup for Sizzling Summer Activities

Shake up your makeup routine by using mineral makeup. “Minerals that comprise these powders protect against UV rays,” said Somerville. “They create a physical barrier between your skin and the sun and usually have an SPF of 15 to 22.” One pro application secret…if you don’t like applying powder directly to your skin, add a few sprinkles into your liquid sunscreen to get added protection along with very natural coverage.

SPF Boosters
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SPF Boosters

Your diet can actually protect you from the sun. “While there isn’t a sunscreen supplement (yet!), there are certain foods and ingredients that increase the natural SPF of your skin,” said Somerville. “Watermelon can actually boost your SPF. Pomegranate is also proven to boost your natural protection factor. Foods or supplements that contain essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function and also help protect the skin from within.”

It Takes Two
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It Takes Two

Moisturizing and hydrating skin is essential in summer. “Hydration means getting water into skin cells. Moisturizing means locking in moisture by applying a cream or lotion on top,” said Somerville. “Both hydration and moisturization are truly necessary because the more hydrated cells are, the better they look and function.” Look for products with hyaluronic acid that plump and hydrate, and combine with products containing coenzyme Q10, which is incredibly effective in attracting water to skin cells and locking it in by preventing evaporation.

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