Your No. 1 summer skin saver: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
The summer means more fresh air, outdoor activities and sunshine. But that also can mean harder wear on your skin.
Just like many people update their wardrobes seasonally, it can also be smart to update your skincare regime–only this seasonal swap means more than being in style. It’s a matter of your health. Protect your skin this summer with these tips, and try out a few of our favorite moisturizing products.
Use vitamin E oil
This is especially important for dry areas, such as around the eyes. This is a natural and inexpensive way to infuse your skin with pure goodness. Many of the most effective moisturizers contain vitamin E, so why not just go straight to the source?
Tip: Make sure you select vitamin E that is meant to be used topically–not the dietary supplement, which is super sticky, thick and feels like wearing glue. This inexpensive oil is our nightly go-to in the summer. Spring Valley vitamin E skin oil, $3.98, walmart.com
Bring out the aloe
No, not the thick, green stuff you slop on after a day at the beach. Aloe-infused face moisturizer that is lightweight and meant for your face, like this face cream, feels great after a day in the sun and elements. Alba Botanica Hawaiian oil-free moisturizer, $18.95, drugstore.com
Use daily face lotion with SPF
You know the importance of SPF, yet it’s surprising how many people put it on their bodies but neglect their face. Find a lotion that is appropriate for your skin type with at least SPF30. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30, $13.99, ulta.com
Tip: Try a sample on your face before you commit to the whole container to make sure it doesn’t leave white streaks, cause breakouts or otherwise conflict with your makeup. Because if it does, you aren’t going to wear it.
Into the mist and beyond
Keeping your skin moisturized means more than just the lotion you use. Hydration comes first from the inside, so make sure you drink enough water. Regular exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells that make your skin look dry. And keep fresh with a mist, like this rosewater balancing spray.
Rose water, infused with rose essential oil, is a natural way to hydrate and balance your skin. Plus, it smells like summer. Swap it out for your regular perfume, which likely contains drying alcohol, and smell quite literally like a bouquet of flowers. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, $35, sephora.com