By Mickey Hightower
Proper skin care is important all year round, and an absolute necessity during the summer months. Between trips to the beach, tanning by the pool, and participating in activities from hiking to outdoor yoga, the skin is exposed to higher levels of UV radiation that can really wreak havoc and have long-term effects. However, there are some essentials to help your skin survive the sun, saltwater, and sweat of summer.
Sunscreen is a no-brainer, and there are plenty of lotions, sprays, and sticks from beauty brands like Hawaiian Tropic, Aveeno, and Neutrogena that not only protect from harmful rays, but nourish the skin. One of the most popular sunscreens for this summer is Yes to Cucumber, a sunscreen stick with SPF 30 that is small enough for a purse or pocket, making touchups easy. It’s great for those small places people tend to forget like ears and even the lips. However, for those not wanting to sacrifice great lip color for protection, there are now many lip products containing SPF. Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother boast an SPF of 20 and comes in gorgeous colors ranging from soft peach and glimmering pink, to bright orchid and vibrant red.
Another summer skin staple, cleansing wipes aren’t just great for removing dirt and grime, but they also sooth the skin after prolonged sun exposure. A beauty product both women and men can take advantage of, these towelettes exfoliate dead skin, combat breakouts and clogged pores, and leave the skin feeling refreshed and able to breathe. Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes are a great choice to add to any beach bag, because they contain aloe to help remove redness and heal damaged skin.
The most important thing to remember about healthy summer skin is to keep it hydrated, moisturized, and covered in products touting a high SPF. No need to break the bank, some of the best beauty products on the market can be found for under $10 at any local drugstore.