Summer Here We Come (But first…)

As I write this, I’m wearing a face mask and drinking wine, so you could say I feel a bit basic right about now. Anyway, warmer weather is here (if you’re lucky) and it’s time to prepare yourself for all the activities and adventures that ensue once the weather gets warm. You can’t just throw on a tank and shorts and get on out there, that would be too easy. Once you get older (or just less reckless), you’ll understand how to take care of yourself better. That includes taking care of your skin, hair, and body, you won’t be young forever.

Taking care of your skin means more than just wearing sunscreen (if you don’t wear sunscreen, you probably should start, NOW). Aside from sunscreen, you need to moisturize regularly, the sun and salt air will dry out your skin, especially with all the tanning and outdoor activities. Aside from wearing sunscreen at the beach, hiking, and other outdoor activities, you should be wearing sunscreen daily, even if you’re only in the sun to walk to and from your car. Don’t you think the sun shines through your window? Ladies, apply it on top of your regular makeup or use a tinted moisturizer with SPF in it. It’s actually important to make sure you wear SPF, it slows down wrinkles.

Next, make sure to wash your face daily. Twice a day if your skin is particularly oily, but not if it’s dry or sensitive. Make sure not to over exfoliate though, that would really dry out your skin. Maybe one exfoliant and one cleansing would be best depending on your skin. With all the time in the sun, you’re going to need to make sure you wash off all the oil and sunscreen at the end of the day. Moisturize too!

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Probably one of the most important things to do when it gets warm and the sun comes out. You need to keep yourself hydrated always, but being in the sun makes you drowsier after a while and water will keep you alert and focused.

To bring your skin back to supple and soft again after the harsh winter weather, try a scrub on your body. There are tons of options, but I would target the dry parts of your body. These problem areas could be your legs, arms, back, anything that got rough after being hidden for so many months.

If you know you’re going to be out in the direct sun a lot, wear a hat, especially if you have light hair. Burning your scalp is not a myth and those with lighter hair are more prone to it. If you have colored hair, remember, remember, remember to spray some kind of color sealant on it. Paul Mitchell makes a great one. You don’t want your hair to get too light in the sun, plus is will diminish your color.

Summer, summer, summer, time for fun in the sun. Get outside, let those legs and arms out, the sun is calling their name!

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