When the weather gets hot, it’s time to make sure you’re taking care of your skin. While summer is the season of tans, glowy skin, and beachy hair, it’s also the season of bug bites, sweat, and sunburns. To make sure your skin is at its best this summer, follow these simple tips!

Don’t Skimp On SPF

Sunscreen is important all year long, but when the sun’s rays are the strongest it’s even more crucial. If you want to protect your skin from sun damage, wear a water-resistant, non-greasy, broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30 on your face and body. Aveda’s Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid is a great option. You can also dress to protect yourself from the sun by wearing lightweight long-sleeved clothing, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hats. Make sure to also apply SPF products to your lips and scalp, as these areas are often skipped and burn fairly easily. When you do get a sunburn, take cool showers/baths to relieve the pain and use moisturizers that contain aloe vera or soy to soothe the skin. Most importantly, make sure to drink plenty of water since sunburns pull fluid to the surface of the skin which can lead to dehydration.

Aveda Daily Light Guard SPF.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliation is the best way to get rid of dry, flaky skin. And if you’re planning to show some skin this summer, It’s also a great way to prevent ingrown hairs after you shave. Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant is a gentle, non-abrasive liquid exfoliant that won’t irritate the sensitive skin on your face. As far as body exfoliation goes, our Beautifying Radiance Polish is formulated with mineral-rich salt crystals and organic plant oils to help scrub away dead skin and prevent bumps and redness after shaving.

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant.

Properly Care for Bug Bites

When you’re spending time outdoors during summer evenings, make sure you’re protecting yourself from insect bites. Insect repellents of the past often included toxic pesticides, but nowadays there’s a huge variety of chemical-free, safe products on the market. These often include natural ingredients like lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender, cinnamon oil, and tea tree oil. If you do have bug bites, try your best not to scratch them, as it often leads to bleeding, scabbing, and scarring. Apply an ice pack to itchy bites or use an over-the-counter anti-itch cream like hydrocortisone. You can also take antihistamines for bites that are seriously itchy and/or painful.

Woman applying insect repellent outdoors.

Treat Acne All Over

Summertime means sweat and sunscreen. And sometimes sweat and sunscreen mean clogged pores and oil buildup. This often leads to acne on the face or body. Resist the urge to pick your spots and use the right products to handle breakouts. You don’t want to use harsh chemicals to treat your breakouts because that can cause the skin to become dry, red, and irritated. Look for something with gentle, natural ingredients like Aveda’s Outer Peace Acne Relief Pads. These convenient round pads exfoliate and unclog pores with salicylic acid and pure plant extracts like lemon, rose geranium, and tea tree.

Woman with long brown hair examines a pimple.

Add Antioxidants

Looking for natural ways to soothe, brighten, and moisturize your complexion? Hit it hard with antioxidants like green tea, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. You can find these naturally occurring ingredients in facial serums, moisturizers, and toners. To start your skincare ritual from within, add antioxidant-heavy foods like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, blackberries, pecans, and artichokes to your diet. Not only are these extremely beneficial for your skin, but they’re also delicious and in season during summer!

Hands holding strawberries.

Pursue Your Love of Skin Care

Is skincare one of your biggest passions? Are you constantly researching new products, trends, and ingredients? Our esthiology program at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute could help you turn that passion into an exciting future! Contact us today to learn more!