Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5 Ways To Get Better Summer Skin

Summer means skin! Whether you're in a bikini, tank top, or short summer dress, everyone wants smoother, softer, skin. Here are five foolproof ways to get your best skin ever this summer. 

1) Hydrate
You probably already know this, but it's worth repeating. Hydration is the number one way to get better skin. In the summer it is hotter outside and we are sweating more, so it is important to replenish your fluids. Try to aim for half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water per day. For example, I'm 116 pounds so I shoot for at least 58 ounces of water per day. You also want to make sure you're applying a body oil or lotion and hydrating from the outside in! The sun can be extremely drying as can salt and chlorine, so make sure you're still giving your skin the hydration it deserves!

2) Exfoliate
The benefits of exfoliation are two-fold. First, it removes your dead skin, giving you soft skin and a killer glow. Second, it makes it easier for you to get a closer shave! There are plenty of great products on the market (Lush's Ocean Salt is a great one), but if you want to DIY it, I have an entire post dedicated to it! 

3) Eat Well
What you put into your body is reflected in the way that you look. Make sure you're eating tons of plant foods and lean proteins and not too much refined sugar or processed foods. A lot of people say to cut down of fat because it can clog pores and lead to breakouts, but if you're eating good plant fats (think avocado, olive or coconut oil...) it's not going to be a problem. You actually need some good fats for your cell membranes! If you're sensitive to gluten or dairy, you might want to cut that out too, but follow the diet that works best for yourself. 

4) Protect
SUNSCREEN! That is the best way to prevent skin cancer and keep you from getting wrinkly prematurely. Add a hat and sunglasses if you're outside, and make sure you're reapplying your sunscreen often! Also, do a quick double check of all the medicines and prescriptions you have because some make you more sensitive to UV rays. For example, Retin-A causes increased sun sensitivity. 

5) Sweat
Sweat is awesome for your skin. It helps clear your pores and increases blood flow throughout your body. Go on a hike, bike ride, or walk along the beach! Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you're sweating with makeup-free skin. You don't want any products blocking your pores while you're trying to get your sweat on!

Let me know what your summer skin tips are in the comments below! Also, make sure to follow this blog on Bloglovin! I'll be doing a giveaway for you guys once I hit 500 followers!

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