Summer’s almost here! Whether you are planning to lounge in a pool, attend a yard party, or vacation at the beach, outdoor activities require special attention for our skin to stay healthy.
Here’s some of our best skin care tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine to keep your skin protected and feeling beautiful all summer long.
Sunscreen is for everyone
Think beyond the beach and wear sunscreen every day and while exercising to keep skin healthy looking. Why? UV exposure from the sun’s harmful rays shows up as uneven skin tone, visible signs of premature aging and skin cancer.
Sunscreen helps protect essential skin proteins which supports smooth and healthy-looking skin. For daily use, include a broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion or gel to your morning skincare routine, like the day lotions with SPF 30 from the Artistry Skin Nutrition™ collections. For full-on defense, try Artistry Ideal Radiance™ UV Protect SPF 50+.
Wondering what all those sunscreen terms mean, like broad-spectrum, UV rays or all the different SPF numbers? Check out Sunscreen 101: Get the Facts on Protecting Your Skin.
Drink up: Your skin needs water
Water is nature’s gift for an antiaging look. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated and helps maintain skin elasticity, which reduces the look of pores. If you don’t get enough, your skin can turn dry, tight, and flaky – and more prone to wrinkles. (Yikes!)
Also, when skin is dehydrated it holds on to water, which can lead to puffiness and bloating. Fuel your hydration by drinking at least 8 glasses of water, hot, cold or sparkling, throughout the day.
Exfoliate and say ‘see ya’ to dead skin
Exfoliation removes dead, dry skin cells from the surface of your skin to help unclog pores and even out skin tone. And when that old layer of skin is washed away, you’ll see a smoother, younger look with a rosy glow in its place.
It creates the perfect palette so your makeup will adhere better, stay on your skin longer and look even better. You could also use an exfoliating cleanser or go for a mini spa treatment with Artistry Signature Select™ Polishing Mask.
You massage it into your skin for 1-2 minutes and then leave it on for 7 minutes. It gently buffs away impurities for deeply clean, supple skin. Follow up with a treatment serum after exfoliation for increased effectiveness!
There are also deeper treatments that are similar to a chemical peel*. Artistry™ Intensive Skincare Renewing Peel uses an exclusive mushroom enzyme to help natural skin cell turnover. Use twice a week for 8 minutes for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin.
Moisturize – head to toe
We usually focus our skin care routine on our faces, but we shouldn’t ignore the rest of our bodies. Think about the difference between a juicy, plump grape, full of hydration, and a dried up, wrinkly raisin. Our skin all over our body can look and feel the same way!
Dry skin happens to everyone, no matter if your skin is normal, combination or oily. It can be the result of sun, seasonal changes, or over-washing. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends washing skin with warm water (not hot!) and a gentle cleanser.
It’s important to immediately follow up with a moisturizer. It helps rehydrate the top layer of cells, sealing in the water and keeping a healthy look. Artistry Signature Select™ Hydrating Body Gel is great because it self-adjusts to deliver moisture when and where skin needs it most.
Give your eyes special treatment
The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate. It’s also the first area to show signs of aging. Simply blinking, smiling or displaying any facial expression at all can cause premature aging. Plus, the area around your eyes has less natural moisturizer making it more prone to dryness.
You can attack the early signs of aging around your eyes with products formulated specifically for that delicate area like Artistry Skin Nutrition™ Hydrating Eye Gel Cream. It provides extra gentle care and helps diminish the look of puffiness and dark circles, so skin appears awake, healthy, and younger looking.
We’ve given you a lot to think about, but you don’t have to be overwhelmed. Start with small changes. With repeat behavior, they become part of your summer and outside routine.
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