Not all of us can be lucky enough to live in a climate that does wonders for your skin. (My skin is like a blessing from the Gods whenever I visit my family in Hawaii!) If you’re like me and live in a dry climate, your skin can suffer in the summer months if you don’t give it the proper care. Here are a few tips to keep your skin from looking dull and lifeless this summer.
Drink! Drink! Drink! Because skin is the largest organ in the body, and our body comprises about 70% water, it’s important to stay hydrated. Losing any amount of water in the body’s water volume can lead to problems of mild dehydration. Drink at least two liters of water a day to keep your skin hydrated.
Exfoliate! I exfoliate once every few months — not nearly enough. During the summer months, it’s important to exfoliate at least two to three times per week to remove dead skin and improve blood circulation. Apart from keeping skin smooth, exfoliating also helps absorb beneficial ingredients of face moisturizer, which leads into our next tip!
Moisturize! This needs to be done daily, and using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin type is essential in keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. I religiously use Sebamed’s moisturizing body lotion and face cream, and my skin loves me for it!
Use the right soap! Heavily scented soaps can be harsh on the skin and can strip away natural oils, causing the skin to dry out. Instead, try using soaps that are formulated specifically to maintain a healthy pH level of 5.5, such as Sebamed’s cleansing bar made for all skin types.
Pass on the salt! Naturally, foods that are high in sodium draw water from the body and contribute to dehydration. Limit your sodium intake, i.e. try your best not to cave in to fast foods, frozen pizzas, canned soups and other processed meats and vegetables.