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Have I mentioned that this year I turn 30? Don’t worry, I’m actually looking forward to it. But I’m realizing that my 30-year-old skin is not going to stay youthful and glowing without some help. As much as I have inherited some pretty awesome skin genes (thank you, Grammy!), it doesn’t excuse me from some basic skin maintenance.
We have a beach trip approaching, which, YESSSS. I can’t wait to relax, and enjoy the sand and waves. But if I want healthy skin, I can’t take a vacation from caring for it. In fact, it’ll be even more important as we spend time in the sun.
Is skin care suddenly starting to become more of a concern for you? Whether you deal with acne or are fighting signs of aging, there are a few great ways to look after your face. Here are some simple summer skin care tips. (P.S. I’m not a doctor; I’m just sharing information I’ve gathered from experience and research.)
1. Lighten up on the makeup. Remember how you shouldn’t wear makeup while you work out? It’s because makeup clogs pores, which open wide when we sweat to let impurities out. Obviously sweating is a fact of life in the summertime, so let your pores breathe by choosing fewer and lighter products. I’m pretty light on makeup typically anyway, but I use maybe one or two eyeshadow colors, a moisturizer or primer, concealer, mascara, and a lip color.
2. Drink water like it’s your job. Water helps you produce collagen, which plumps skin cells and fights wrinkles. It also refreshes and renews cells, so you’re not left with a dull and flaky face. You’re probably thinking, yeah, yeah. But do you do it? I have to make myself.
3. Moisturize. Along the same lines, but you can’t have one without the other. Dry skin causes itchiness, inflames skin, and makes wrinkles appear or become worse. Moisturizers, on the other hand, lock in water to make skin smoother and fresher looking. And hydrated skin cells regenerate faster than dehydrated ones.
4. Wear your sunglasses. I tend to wear sunglasses on my head all day, and sometimes forget they are there. But it’s important to bring them down over your eyes, too. It keeps you from squinting in the sun, and encouraging crow’s feet.
5. Protect from the sun. Wear hats, sit in the shade, and of course, rock your sunscreen with pride. Do double duty, and use a moisturizer with SPF, like Neutrogena®’s Healthy Defense Moisturizer with SPF50. It’s the #1 dermatologist recommended moisturizer (from the #1 dermatologist recommended facial skin care brand), and it provides broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. SPF means sun protection factor, and SPF50 means it blocks 98% of UVB rays. But don’t forget to reapply often, especially if you’re out in the water or sweaty.
6. Take your makeup off at night. At 17, I thought this wasn’t that important. At 30, after a long day of chasing kids and running around town, I can still trick myself into thinking that. Don’t do it! It again clogs pores, causing breakouts, and exposes you to free radicals, which, again, causes wrinkles by breaking down collagen. Not removing eye makeup can also cause infection, and can damage your lashes. (Which goes against the purpose, don’t you think?) Don’t over wash, though – that can also create problems. Use a gentle cleanser.
For that reason, I also picked up Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Towelettes and Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Even if I don’t have time or energy to go through a whole skin routine at night, I can quickly and easily get my daily makeup off. And now is a great time to pick up Neutrogena products at Target – it’s buy 3 select products, get a $5 Target GiftCard, until June 10, and then from June 25 to July 1. (It’s nice for me to walk out of Target with extra money in my pocket – it doesn’t happen often!) All three of these are going in my bag for the beach, to protect, cleanse, and hydrate my skin.
What else should I pack for the beach? Let me know below!