7 Ways To Protect Your Skin This Summer

It is possible to be smart about sun protection while enjoying the sunshine!  Protecting your skin from harmful rays is easy with a few simple steps!

Prep and Hydrate Your Skin

Maintain smooth skin by exfoliating regularly!  Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, which in turn makes products go on more smoothly and absorb into the skin better.  Plus, it makes skin feel silky!  Use a body brush system such as the Dermabrush with removable heads for body and face, or a scrub every few days.  Follow up your exfoliation with your favorite face and body moisturizer!

Go For the (Faux) Glow

It is possible to get a summer glow without the sun!  Tan Towels are a convenient, travel-friendly solution to achieve an even, natural looking tan.  They’re a personal favorite because they do triple duty: exfoliate, moisturize, and provide beautiful color!

The no-mess packaging and clear formula are a plus!  Swipe the towel evenly over clean skin and develop a tan in 2-4 hours that lasts up to 7 days.  Just one treatment gives a subtle all over glow.  My strategy is to use the towels two days in a row to create a deeper, yet natural looking tan!  The self tanning spray comes in handy for freshening your color as needed.  The Classic Kit contains everything you need to try it out!

Be Sunscreen Savvy

We know sunscreen is a must, but here are a few tips to up your sunscreen know-how!  Apply sunscreen to your entire body before getting dressed and 30 minutes before spending time in the sun.  If you’re going to be in the water, use a water resistant formula with SPF 30 or higher, such as Hampton Sun SPF 55 Continuous Mist.  It’s a favorite because it feels silky on the skin, and smells great!  Spray generously and rub it in to ensure even coverage!  Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.  Don’t forget easy to miss spots, such as ears and the back of your neck.

Special Treatment for Your Face

Protect the delicate skin on your face with a broad spectrum sunscreen, such as Lancome SPF 30 Facial Sunscreen.  Formulated specifically for the face, wear on it’s own or under foundation.  Don’t forget to extend the application to neck and chest as well!

Handle with Care

Hands and lips are easy to overlook, but they need protection too!  Hands are one of the first places to show aging so be sure they’re covered before you head out.  A good daily habit to adopt is to apply hand cream and lip balm with SPF before getting into the car!  Or keep a set in your glove box to reapply throughout the day, especially if you spend a lot of time on the road.

Shield Your Skin In Style

Clothing with sun protection (UPF) is your first defense against damaging rays.  Coolibar offers chic pieces such as dresses, tops, rash guards, and more to compliment your summer wardrobe!  They’re designed to protect your skin, yet keep you cool and comfortable.  Featuring UPF 50+ these pieces will have you covered!  Baby items such as blankets and sun hats are also a top pick!

This crochet dress is a fantastic find and can be worn as a swim cover up or paired with sandals for a dressed up look!  It’s a versatile piece to take along on your next vacation.

Seek Shade

A wide-brimmed hat does wonders for protecting your face, ears, and neck.  Look for a style with at least a 3-inch brim for optimum protection.  This woven, packable hat is a great option and won’t get ruined in your suitcase or beach bag if it gets crushed!

To limit your UV exposure, try to seek shade if you’re out between the hours of 10am and 4pm.  Another tip is to plan outdoor activities earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Cheers to a super fun, sun safe summer!

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