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Dos and don'ts for summer skincare

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With summer here, you want to enjoy your time outdoors and get that sun-kissed look. Check out our guide to getting and keeping healthy, glowing summer skin.

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What to do and what to skip for heathly, summer skin:

Exfoliate often

Do make sure to hydrate, but know that slathering on the moisturizer isn't going to cure dull, dry skin unless you exfoliate first.
Not sure what kind to get? Check out our guide to choosing the best exfoliator for your skin type.

Use a sugar or salt scrub in the shower to gently slough away dead skin cells. Work the scrub in a circular motion, starting at your feet and heading up through your shoulders.

Our pick: Bliss blood orange + white pepper sugar scrup ($36). 

Don't rub too hard; you'll irritate your skin. Be extra gentle on your face and use a facial scrub on your face and neck. Exfoliate twice a week all summer long to keep your skin glowing.


Use sunscreen

Whenever you go out, use a sunscreen on your body and face. Reapply often, especially if you go in the water.

Make a note: You should be using one ounce of sunscreen to cover your body and reapplying every two hours if you're outdoors during prime sunburn time (Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

Don't bake in the sun at the beach or by the pool and don't even think about hitting the tanning bed. The tan you get isn't worth the damage to your skin or risk of skin cancer.

Use a sunless self-tanner to build up a summer glow gradually. If you aren't a fan of self-tanners, use a bronzer on your face.

Quick tip: Only apply powder bronzer where the sun hits your face naturally: forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.


Hydrate your skin

Use a facial moisturizer morning and night and a body lotion daily to keep your skin hydrated. Apply lotion right after you shower to help seal the moisture into your skin. 

Summer favorite: Smell like summer with the Body Shop Coconut Body Butter ($6), a rich, decadent hydrating treat.

Don't forget about your lips. Use a lip balm or moisturizing lipstick to keep your lips soft and moisturized. Better yet, use a lip balm with SPF 15 or greater to protect from sunburn.

Quick tip: If you get chapped lips, rub them gently in the shower with a washcloth to get them looking smooth.


Get a pedicure

In sandal weather, you want your feet to look their best. Head to the salon or give yourself a pedicure weekly. If you have dry, cracked feet, slough away rough spots with pumice or a foot file. Check out our tips for making your pedicure last.

Indulge in an at-home beauty treatment. Apply vegetable oil (or a mixture of petroleum jelly and lemon juice) to your feet before bedtime. Put on a pair of clean, white socks overnight to allow the oil soften feet.


Eat healthfully

Eat a diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids for healthy, supple skin.

What to load up on: Cold-water fish and flaxseeds are packed with omega-3s and eating berries, dark, leafy greens and brightly colored veggies will give your skin an antioxidant boost.

Don't skip your workouts. Get some aerobic exercise at least three times a week. It's good not only for your body, but also for your circulation, which is great for your skin and will give you a healthy glow.

Be sure to drink eight glasses of water daily to flush the toxins from your body for clear, healthy-looking skin.

Quick tip: Buy a cute, colorful reusable bottle and stash it in your summer tote for easy, on-the-go sipping.


Wear a hat and shades

Protect your face from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat. Of course, you shouldn't skip the sunscreen, but a hat will protect your hair and add another layer of protection for your face.

Wear sunglasses. They look glamorous and they protect your eyes. Be sure to get shades with %100 UVA/UVB protection.

Make a note: Sunglasses will stop you from squinting; too much squinting can lead to fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.


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