If you’re like me, you love to get out and enjoy all of the social events that come with warmer weather. But also, most of the summertime fun is terrible for your skin. Hours and hours in the sun, sugary cocktails, and who is just eating salad at the cookout?
Being skin-conscious is a lifestyle change, but it’s my job as your esthetician to show you how you can make it work for you. Here are some tips to enjoy this summer while still getting clear and cocky:
How to be social and skin-friendly this summer
- Take sunscreen with you wherever you go. I’m doubling down on my advice to wear sunscreen every day even if you don’t leave the house and re-apply every 2-3 hours. Now I”m telling you to have it with you at all times this season so you are ready for however long the outdoor party is going. If you are working on correcting dark spots or anti-aging you need to reapply sunscreen regularly. It’s your best friend for getting results.
- Limit fried, greasy foods. First of all, who wants to be weighed down with heavy foods this summer? On top of that, greasy foods cause inflammation in the body, which causes the skin to become oilier and more likely to breakout. There are so many deliciously refreshing fruits and vegetables in season right now–try to add more of them to your diet with every meal to get the full benefits for your skin.
- Try eating less dairy. I know, the mac and cheese. The ice cream. Many of my clients are shocked and saddened to hear that the hormones in dairy products trigger acne. Fortunately we have so many non-dairy alternatives that give you all the flavor–trust me. I know. If you’re not a fan of plant-based ice cream (which is pretty amazing!), sorbet and Italian ice are skin-friendly treats to cool you down.
- Swap sugary drinks for seltzers. Don’t worry, I don’t expect you to not drink all summer. The point isn’t to deprive ourselves, but to make better choices. That said, sugary drinks cause a spike in your insulin, which promotes the skin to produce more oil. More oil means clogged pores and breakouts. Instead of syrups, mixers, and fruit juices, have your favorite liquor with seltzer water and muddled fruit. You’ll sip slower and still have a good time.
- Eat and drink your water. You’ve probably heard to drink half your body weight in ounces of water before, but eating water-based fruits and vegetables also adds to your water intake. Cucumbers, watermelon, grapes, tomatoes, and strawberries are all super hydrating foods to add to your diet. Look for these on the menu when you’re out and about.
- Wear big accessories. Yes, big floppy hat and oversized shades! Not only are these items always trendy, they help shield your face from prolonged exposure to the sun. Keep that sunscreen handy, though!