When I was younger, way, way younger, I used to be one of the girls that couldn’t wait to get her ‘tan on’ in the summer. I would literally spend every minute in the sun that I possibly could. I didn’t care about anything other than to just get that sun kissed skin!
However, now that I am a little older, and a little wiser (wink wink), I do the exact opposite of what I used to. I am so aware of my skin and the importance of taking care of myself.
Here are the 10 things I do and recommend in every season, but specifically in Summer:
- Drink water! I know this has been said by everyone, and over and over again, and you see it posted on every ‘Beauty Page’, etc. But that is exactly why. It is so important to keep yourself hydrated! Water is not just a great method of hydrating yourself, but it is extremely good to keep your skin healthy (from the inside).
- Sunscreen! Even if you feel and think that you have a strong skin, like I do, make sure to apply sunscreen. You aren’t only protecting yourself at that moment, but you are lessening the chances of skin cancer and other illnesses later in life. It is better to take precaution now, than to cure later!
- Invest in a good moisturiser. There is nothing better to spend your money on than a good moisturiser. It keeps your skin healthy and hydrated, and you are less prone to wrinkles and ageing quicker than you should. Do your research and make sure you find the best one for your skin. I am currently loving the Clinique Moisturizing Gel.
- A vitamin a day keeps the doctor away. Or that is what I keep telling myself. In summer I am usually too busy to make sure that I consume all the right foods (I’m a super fussy eater which makes it even harder) so I rely on a sufficient vitamin tablet to make sure I get all the goodies in my system that I need. Just like you take care of yourself on the outside (creams, soaps, sunscreen, etc) you should take care of yourself on the inside too!
- Getting my ‘tan on’. Back to the sunscreen topic. Kinda. So as I love having a glowing summer skin, I decided to rather give in to the ‘Sunless Tanning’ aka Fake Tan/Spray Tan. I have always loved Caribbean Tan and I have used it a billion (okay maybe like 5) times. Recently I purchased the Hoola Zero Tan Lines from Benefit Cosmetics, and I am literally obsessed! If you want that glow, without the damage, I highly recommend these two products!
- Hats, Hats, Hats! Hats have been super dooper trendy lately and why not protect your face while rocking an awesome style too? I don’t have that many but I do love me a trendy hat!
- Don’t you dare sleep with that make up on your face! This is literally my biggest pet peeve. Even though I am guilty too! I have done it in the past, but if I had to choose between sleeping on the floor, or taking off my makeup, I’d scrub my face with a nail brush! Foundation goes and sits in your pores, and clogs them. It creates all kinds of nasty pimples and can cause serious acne as well. If you are too tired or lazy, at least just wipe your cheeks, chin, and forehead with a damp cloth and leave the rest for the next morning. I use the Make Up Eraser to make my life simple (available for purchase here).
- Stop touching your face. Your hands have been in dirtier places than most people’s feet. You touch public door handles, counters, furniture, etc. You have absolutely no idea who has touched where there last, or where they have been. Try avoiding resting your face in your hand or even scratching your itch. Use the top part of your nail if your absolutely have to!
- Say ‘Eeeeww’ to that smoke. Even second hand smoke not only damages your lungs, but it blows into your face and please tell me how clean smoke is? Sarcasm. Stand away from friends and family who smoke, and if you smoke yourself, try quit, or find substitutes, to keep you busy, like chewing gum or eating snacks like biltong and nuts.
- Keep your alcohol intake on a low. Everyone enjoys a drink (or 10) once in a while (or everyday). However, we all know the truth. Not only is alcohol high in sugar, it is bad for your skin too. Of course not everyone’s skin reacts the same, but if you are serious and concerned about your skin, I suggest minimum alcohol consumption. I love having something to drink or going out with friends once in a while, but I completely cut it down to almost 1-2 drinks in 2 weeks! The alcohol affects your liver and kidneys, and a sign of damaged liver and/or kidneys will reflect on your face. Hello Acne.
I can’t wait for warmer weather as I am really tired of covering myself in layers and layers of clothes, but I will also make sure that I take care of myself and my skin to the best of my ability. I hope you found something in this post that will help you too during the warmest months of the year coming up.
I’ll chat to you guys in my next post.