1. Wear sun protective clothing and swimsuits
By far our favorite way to stay safe in the sun is to cover up in sun protective swimsuits. Reach for clothing, hats, and swimsuits that have UPF built in them - the UPF will block out harmful UVB and UVA rays from reaching your skin. Sure, sun protective swimsuits don't sound the most appealing, but our mission is to create stylish swimwear that you’ll be proud to wear, so you don’t have to compromise your style for protection! And our UPF is built into the weave of the fabric, so it won’t wash out.
2. Lighten up your skin care routine
In the summer months we don’t wear layers and layers of clothes, so why should our skin be any different? With the heat and humidity in summer, less is more when it comes to your skin care routine! Your skin will be producing more oil in the summer months so bring out your lightweight serums and moisturizers to avoid clogged pores. If possible, try to schedule a facial into your calendar each month to clear out your pores and refreshen your complexion! Tutublue founder Sarah Buxton's favorite facial in LA is at Skin Worship.
Probably the most obvious skin care tip (and something you should be using every day of the year). Naturally, you’ll be in the sun more during the summer so it’s a good idea to stock up on your SPF (we recommend SPF 30 or higher) and reapply every 2 hours. Even if you’re covered up with UPF clothing, be sure to apply sunscreen on your face, neck, hands, or any part of your body that is visible to the sun.
Antioxidants are known for lots of benefits to your skin - clearing dark spots, protection from free radical damage, and brightening your complexion. UV exposure is a form of free radical damage, so incorporating antioxidants into your skin care routine is especially important in the summertime. Try using a Vitamin C serum or Azelaic Acid after you cleanse your face!
With more summer days comes more oil, sunscreen, and clogged pores. Everyone deals with an occasional breakout...but with proper exfoliating your skin will be better off to remain healthy and clear! Avoid harsh physical exfoliators (ones with small beads or grains, or a rough facial brush) in the summer because this can cause more irritation than you started with. Your skin will feel more oily in the summer, but don’t let this convince you to exfoliate too much. You’ll end up drying out your skin, therefore causing your skin to produce even more oil (so counterintuitive, we know). Aim for chemical exfoliators, such as Glycolic Acid, which can be more gentle on your skin. Just be sure to talk to your dermatologist before mixing certain chemicals (such as retinol) which can lead to irritation and sensitivity.
6. Wash your face and body with a gentle cleanser
This one is probably the most obvious of them all, but nonetheless still important! Just like lightening up your skin care routine, opt for a gentle cleanser (such as Cetaphil) that won’t strip away all the healthy oils in your skin. You want the cleanser to do its job - clean the dirt and oil in your pores - but you don’t want it to dry out your skin and cause more problems than you started with!
So, what are the final takeaways? Simplify your skin care routine, wear UPF50+ swimsuits and clothing, and reapply SPF. It’s a lot easier than you think to achieve your skin goals this summer! Let us know what you do to keep your skin healthy in the comments below.