New Years Resolutions: Summer Skincare

Living in Australia, sun awareness is something that has only come to light in recent years. I will admit, I have been as careless as anyone else- hitting the beach without sunscreen, burning myself to a crisp. But what’s the end game here? To look tanned for a few years in exchange for leathery skin when I am older, or even skin cancer?

As I get older, I am realizing more and more the need for protecting your skin, especially after both my granddad and father found skin cancers. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about the tan, and we certainly need the sun for Vitamin D, plus what Aussie doesn’t love some sun, surf and sand, but I think the key here is moderation, and making sure you protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays as best you can, without compromising enjoying yourself.

Hence, my first beauty New Years resolution- Summer Skincare, with some of my top tips to stick to below. It’s not just about sun protection though, with the climate and weather conditions its important to look after everything, from top to toe!

Let me know what your top tips are so I can add them to my list!

1. Exfoliate.

Sweating, sun, using products and general day to day serve to increase dead skin cells. Keep your skin fresh and looking its best with regular exfoliation. Use a good exfoliating scrub two to three times a week.

2. Replace Your Old Sunscreen

We all have those old tubes of sunscreen that float around the bathroom and your beach bag. These can dry out, expire and lose their effectiveness. Treat your skin with a fresh lotion each Summer season, it will love you for it!

3. Find a Foundation With SPF

Most foundations do come with SPF these days, but if yours doesn’t, head out (or online) to find a reasonable SPF that works for you. In summer I often like to use something with a lighter coverage, like a mineral foundation- but it all depends on what works for you. Your face is the most susceptible to sun damage and skin cancer so it is important to invest!

4. Sun Safe Tanning

I’ll be honest, I am not a huge fan of self tanner, but it is a means to an end and it is a whole lot better than skin cancer! The trick is to start light if you are pale and then you can work on colour as you choose. I personally tend to go to a salon as I am clumsy and always leave streaks but there are some amazing products on the market to do it at home. Make sure you exfoliate well (I cannot stress this enough) and go carefully around the knees and elbows. Please not, fake tan does not protect you from the sun, so if you go baking afterwards you still need to slip slop slap.

5. Hydrate

This goes for inside and outside your body! Make sure you are drinking plenty of water each day, as it improves your skin and flushes out toxins.

For your skin, make sure you moisturize with a good product, in summer it is nice to use one that is absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave any oily residue. My resolution is to stick to my routine, moisturize noon and night.

6. Love Your Lips

Your lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your face, and are also susceptible to dryness, irritation and sun damage. Pick up a lip balm with some sun protection to keep those lips luscious.

7. Hair Beware

As the mercury rises, so too do hemlines- it’s only natural! Thus the need for a little more attention down there (yes down there) as well as your legs and underarms.

If you shave, the more frequent sessions could mean irritating the skin, so make sure that your razor is sharp and replaced more regularly, and shave after you have been in the shower- as your hair follicles are softened up. Always use a shaving gel!

Image: Marie Claire Spain May 2012

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20 Comments

  • Reply yslyenom Friday 3rd May, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Useful tips.

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Saturday 12th January, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Good tips!

  • ivysaurus
    Reply ivysaurus Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    great tips!

  • Reply Whatthe Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    fake tans are so good these days

  • Reply gabrielle3 Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    New year=new skin

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Great tips-Thanks

  • Reply amanda6393 Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Great tips 🙂

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Just yesterday I threw out old products and am trying to make a real effort to use all those millions of products I do have before buying anything new

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 10:46 am

    great post!

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 10:41 am

    never thought about the last one – thanks!

  • Reply Sparkles17 Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Only exfoliate once a week, thrice seems too much!

  • Reply dj23249 Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Great tips, you would think more aussies would be aware of the intense sun but I still see so many sunburnt people

  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Wednesday 2nd January, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Easy to keep resolutions! 🙂

  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 1st January, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Very important!

  • Reply Jane Tuesday 1st January, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Yes to exfoliation and in date sunscreen.

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 1st January, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I always shave before shower, will try to change to after shower.

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 1st January, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Tuesday 1st January, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    It’s definitely important to exfoliate! Sand is a good natural exfoliator if you happen to be at the beach.

  • Reply maggielyly Tuesday 1st January, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    great tips! =)

  • Reply T1NA Tuesday 1st January, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    so true, i’ve become super paranoid about uv damage, esp as i’m getting older!

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