So summer is upon us, although honestly, here it never really goes away! With a vacation, comes the constant battle between protecting your skin from the sun while simultaneously yearning for a flawless tan. Some of us, in the past, have sacrificed our skin to get that perfect summer glow, including yours truly!
Over the past few years I have developed some ground rules for myself to make sure that my skin doesn’t suffer. Read on for my tips on keeping your skin healthy and bronzed!
- Re-apply sunscreen – I’ve said this before, and I will say it again. Sunscreen doesn’t last all day. The rule for sunscreen is that you have to re-apply it every 2-3 hours without fail, especially if you are going to be out for a long time! Sunscreen tends to go away after you first apply it. Believe it or not, but you have to apply sunscreen even if you’re indoors! The sun’s rays in the summer especially, can be really harsh and can seep in through windows, and cause an unwanted tan and skin damage. If you’re getting in and out of water, chlorinated or salt, you need to reapply your sunscreen each time you step out. Use different sunscreens for your body and face. Use a gel or water based sunscreen for your face and something heavier on your body. For my face, I use Suncros Tint Water Resistant Sunprotect Gel. Don’t forget about your lips that tan and burn extremely easily!
- Easy on the make-up – Using a light foundation that has some SPF in it, can protect your skin. Apply one layer so you’re protecting your skin. Keep your make-up sparse when you are tanning, as it will give you a blotchy and uneven tan, and you don’t want that! Stay away from any makeup that becomes runny in the sun.
- Tanning oil – Prep your skin so that you tan better and get a nice golden bronze tan rather than an ashy gray. People with darker skin tones can turn ashy if they spend too much time in the sun. Also, keep in mind that the tan you get in chlorinated water is different from that of salt water. Use tanning oil to get a better over-all tan, but use it sparingly because it is meant to increase the effects of UV rays, and too much of that is never good! I like using Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Milk Sublime Tan & Nuxe Sun Tanning Oil for Face and Body. Lancaster Tan Preparer Body Scrub and the Lancaster Preparing Hydrating Water are also products that I really like and help to get a nice, even tan.
- Exfoliate – Try to avoid being harsh on your skin, especially if you have acne prone skin. Look for scrubs that are light and not rough. My go to exfoliator is the Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Scrub, it works really well post a tan, and removes the excess tan pretty quickly.
- Hydrate – Water! Water! Water! Seriously guys, be it rain or shine, always drink plenty of water. It keeps your skin hydrated when you are out and about in the sun, and stops it from damage and wrinkling due to exposure. Hydrate not just internally, but externally as well. Face mists, like Kama Ayurveda’s Rose Water or Lavender Water are great. I also use Evian Face Spray. Spray mists and water sprays constantly on your face if you’re going to be out in the sun for a long time. Staying hydrated smoothens your skin and makes it feel refreshed. Keep drinking lots of water, stay away from lots of alcohol because it dehydrates you, and have lots of fruits that have water in them.
- Cool down – Sometimes, no mater how careful we are, we suffer from over exposure to the sun. The best thing to do in this situation is to soothe your skin. Aloe vera gel or coconut oil is great for smoothening and calming your skin down after over exposure to the sun. Another trick I have up my sleeve is with tea bags. Dip teabags into cold water and place them on your face to cool off after a long day in the sun. Some natural, house hold items to cool your skin after tanning are turmeric and milk, a paste of which can be applied to your face, dried for some time and then gently washed with water. Multani Mitti is also great post tan because it cools your skin. Making a sandalwood paste is another great natural remedy to soothe your skin after a day of tanning. Take a sandalwood stick or bar, and make a paste by rubbing it against a stone with a few drops of water. Rub ice over your face to refresh your face while tanning and after a long day in the sun. After a day in the sun, I love to rejuvenate with Innisfree’s Coconut Bio Cellulose Sheet Mask, Cucumber Mask or the Aloe Mask to smoothen and soothe my skin.
That’s it for today guys! Do you have any tips that you think I should try? What has been your tanning experience? Sound off in the comments!