4 Easy Ways to Protect and Maintain Your Summer Skin.91.4° Fahrenheit, or 33° Celcius to us Canadians. Regardless of how you look at it, it’s stupid hot. And it looks like it’s going to stay that way for a while.
Sure, the patios, extended sunlight hours, plentiful ice coffees, weekend beach getaways, and tan sessions are wonderful (unless of course you are of Scottish descent, in which case burning is more accurate). It beats dethawing your frozen eyelids in the midst of the winter any day.
But there is a part of us that takes a particularly harsh beating during the muggy summer months, and that’s our skin.
A typical summer day in the life of our (my) skin:
Sweat, wipe sweat away with dirty hand, sweat more, soak through shirt, stay in sweated-soaked shirt all day, go home, go to the gym, sweat more on top of pre-existing sweat, take shower, repeat the next day. It’s no wonder some of us suffer our worst outbreaks during summer.
Summer’s too beautiful to be bogged down by bad skin, so here are easy-to-implement and cost-effective tips to keep your complexion as sunny as the summer sun:
Stick to the outer edges of the grocery store.
Generally speaking, the closer to the middle of a grocery store, the less wholesome the food. Stick to the perimeter and make fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts, and seeds your primary foods. Eat healthy” and “Limit your takeout” are lightyears beyond being cliches at this point, but cliches are cliches for a reason – they work.
On a side note, why must Burger King offer their $1.99 nuggets during the summer?
Stay away from dairy as best you can.
I break out every time I drink milk, especially during the summer. It doesn’t matter if it’s 1%, 3%, or organic, I develop pimples and my psoriasis enflames every time a glass touches my lips.
While there is little concrete data on the effects of dairy on your skin, keep in mind this little nugget of information – there are over 60 different hormones in your average glass of milk. Your body has enough dealing with its own hormones. Bombarding it with more isn’t doing any favours for your skin, particularly if you have preexisting skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema.
Tell your pores to close the door on their way out.
Heat, let alone extreme heat, opens up your pores. So if it’s hot all day (and all night), your pores are going to stay open. While this in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, when open your pores are more susceptible to dirt and grime and whatever else your environment has to throw at you. Couple this with touching your face, wiping sweat away, and shaking hands with people, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for dirty and clogged pores.
The easiest way to deal with this is obviously throwing your sweaty body into a shower, but to really maintain a flawless complexion you’re going to use something like our All Natural Coffee Scrub. Its combination of sea salt and roasted and ground coffee beans is going to help remove any dead skin skills, emerging acne spots, whiteheads, and blackheads, and the added sweet almond oil and vitamin E will provide a lasting layer of softness and protection.
For those looking to take their summer skin protection game to the next level, for the last minute of your shower, crank the temperature to as cold as possible. It’s a shock, but it will help seal up your freshly cleaned pores and prepare you for your next battle against the summer rays.
With summer comes friends, with friends comes late nights, and with late nights comes drinking.
Have you ever noticed after a night of heavy drinking and/or sleep deprivation that your skin looks like it just walked out of Night of the Living Dead? Whiter than usual, bags under the eyes, a zombie-esque complexion. Among other things, this mainly has to do with severe dehydration.
Alcohol decreases your body’s production of anti-diuretic hormone, which is used by the body to reabsorb water. This explains why you pee so much when you begin drinking – all the fluid zips right through your body, not sticking around long enough for your body to actually use it.
Adding to the zombie-appearance is usually exaggerated acne or red spots. Speaking personally, I know that the morning after drinking I can expect to see spots and blemishes that didn’t exist the night before. This is because alcohol also expands your blood vessels, bringing emerging acne spots or symptoms of preexisting conditions (like psoriasis or rosacea) right to the surface of your skin for all eyes to see.
So what can you do to avoid all this? Drink. Not another jagger bomb, but a bottle of water. And then another. And then as many more as you possibly can without feeling sick. Even better, pace your drinking throughout the night with occasional glasses of water, or load up on water beforehand. It’s hot and your body is likely already dehydrated by the time you start drinking. The least you can do is give it a little padding of water before you dive into further dehydration.
So to recap:
- Stick to the edges of your grocery store and nourish your temple with whole foods as much as possible.
- Stay away from dairy as much as possible.
- Exfoliate your pores and keep them clean and clear with products like our All Natural Coffee Scrub
- Water, water, water. Especially after those magical summer drinking escapades with your friends.
Only one more month of summer – sad for high schoolers, wonderful for your skin. Then we get to worry about the dryness of winter! I suppose we'll have to put together another guide for that. Until then, apply the above and stay beautiful.