I’m a native Texan. I love Texas, but there’s no denying that the summers are hot and harsh. I pride myself on having healthy skin. As the Texas summer rears its ugly head, I’d like to share my secrets to keeping happy and healthy skin.
Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. I exfoliate in the mornings before I apply moisturizer and makeup. Tip: Your makeup will last longer on exfoliated skin.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! This is the key to avoiding wrinkles. No one said you can’t use anti-wrinkle cream when you’re young. I started using an anti-wrinkle moisturizer in my early 20’s. I’m over 30 now, and people are always like, “Whaaaat?! You’re in your 30’s?!!” Tip: Refresh with a revitalizing toner spritz at your desk, in the car, at the gym, or on the plane!
3. Water is Your Friend
Higher temperatures and more time spent outdoors lead to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells! Eight 8oz glasses of water every day help maintain a moisture balance in the body and skin and assist in detoxification. Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!
4. When in Doubt, Apply (and Reapply!)
It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen; you need apply enough and apply frequently. I use about a teaspoon for my face and 1oz (about as much as would fill a shot glass) on my body. It’s also important to reapply every two hours. Tip: Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.
5. Soothe Over-Exposed Skin
What happens if you forgot to use sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got caught in a sunny spell? Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you don’t have to suffer in pain! Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation.
6. Repair & Treat Sun Damaged Skin
Sunlight causes aging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin, and wrinkles, whether or not you have burnt skin. A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV rays.
There’s a reason they call it “beauty sleep.” Getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night can aid in keeping skin healthy. While you sleep, your skin renews itself. New skin cells grow and replace older cells. However, getting too much sleep is not recommended; studies show that oversleeping can actually increase skin cell breakdown.