With summer at our doorstep, it’s time for poolside parties, fun days at the beach and all sorts of other outdoor activities. However, one thing we mustn’t forget is to take good care of our skin, so that it stays protected and looks perfect all summer long. Here are some ways to keep your skin as vibrant and as healthy as possible this summer.

Sunscreen is your friend

You’ve probably heard this about million times. Well, it still isn’t enough, since this is what skin care should start with, especially in summer. Slapping on some sunscreen when you’re already at the beach just won’t do. You should apply it about half an hour before you leave home and then reapply it every few hours or so. Furthermore, wearing sunscreen on your face only is a mistake many people make. You should also use it to protect your hands, legs, shoulders and any other part of your body which is exposed while you’re outside. Exposure to UV light can cause you harm, leading to sunburn, wrinkles and quicker aging of your skin, so get sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher, combine it with some sunglasses and a hat for additional protection and keep your skin safe at all times.

Your skin is your queen

It is. And you should treat it with the utmost respect and care it deserves. This means you have to keep it clean by taking regular showers and paying special attention to the skin on your face and hands, where it’s most exposed. Also bear in mind that the skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body, so don’t use regular soap to wash it. Use lukewarm water, gentle exfoliators and products which match your skin type. Try using as many natural products as possible and keep your skin moisturized. In case of teenagers, quality skincare regimens are a good way to get rid of acne and limit blemishes, so investing in premium products is essential at this age. You should aim at more than simply eliminating acne, but also at cleaning your pores and keeping the oil and the shine it leads to under control.

Feed your skin from the inside

As important as skin products and good skincare are, you can make your skin healthier and more beautiful by healing it from the inside. This means several things. First of all, drinking enough water will not only refresh you when it gets too hot to handle, but it can also help you hydrate your skin. Drink about six to eight glasses of water a day, or more if you feel thirsty, and you can also try some chilled green tea with lemon, in case water is too dull for your taste. Also, a healthy diet can take you and your skin health a long way, so stay away from junk food, processed sugar and high-fat foods. Instead, stick to fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and lean protein. In addition, learn which herbs, spices and foods are the best for skin health and introduce more of them into your diet. These could include tomatoes, carrots, leafy greens, berries and citruses, but also spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, oregano and ginger.

Less makeup for smoother skin

You may find it unimaginable to leave home without full makeup, but you should think twice before applying too much of it during summer. The more makeup you put on, the harder it will be for your skin to breathe underneath it. Plus, don’t forget that summer brings a lot of heat and humidity, which, combined with the makeup you wear, can lead to your skin getting stressed. So, instead of heavy makeup, opt for a tinted moisturizing cream and a light lip balm for a natural look and healthier skin. Furthermore, don’t even think about going to bed before removing even the last bit of your makeup from your face. No matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day, remove your makeup thoroughly and avoid clogged pores, which can lead to pimples, blackheads and acne. Also, you should know that makeup is like dirt on your skin, which can cause inflammation, so wash your makeup off gently but meticulously every evening. Plus, to keep your skin clean at all times, don’t forget to change your pillowcase at least once a week and to disinfect your phone regularly, so that you’re sure that the things that touch your face aren’t causing it damage.

If you work towards having healthy skin, beauty will come as a side-effect of it. So, this summer provide your skin with the care it needs and your mirror will show you the results of it in no time.