Prep Your Skin for Summer
Get the Red Out
Soothe redness or face flushing by drinking plenty of water, which helps hydrate your whole body as well as your skin, experts say.
Trust your thirst. It's normal to get thirstier in the summer.
You should also stay out of direct sun. "Easier said than done, I know, but sun makes the skin red and irritated," Shamban says. "And, of course, always use adequate sun protection (and even on a workday this means reapplying at lunchtime), remembering that UV rays can penetrate car windshields, office windows, and overcast days, too."
Smooth Things Over
As you start to pull out your swimsuits and shorts for summer, you'll want to prepare your skin to look its best. Sloughing off dead skin cells is part of looking glow-y from head to toe.
Experts recommend exfoliating two to three times a week during the summer with a scrub or a mechanical tool with skin-safe bristles, or using an exfoliating treatment at night. Be gentle, though.
Try one that contains glycolic acid, a natural ingredient derived from sugar that safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface of skin.
"Keep exfoliation light and regular in the summertime and always use a sunscreen to protect the new skin," Gold says. "And remember to never exfoliate sunburned or wind-chapped skin."
Fun in the sun can take a lot of energy. Imagine what it's doing to your skin. A recent twin study found that the more UV exposure you get, the deeper your wrinkles and the more mottled the skin.
Some dermatologists advocate monthly spa facials, especially deep cleansing and microdermabrasion facials, to help achieve great summer skin. "They're really the best way to get your pores clean in a way you can't do on your own; they can really remove stubborn dead skin cells that clog the pores," Shamban says.