Summer Skincare Tips For Teens
School is ending, or has ended, the weather is warming up, and the pools are opening! But that doesn’t mean skincare can stop. Skin is super sensitive in the sun, and is easily damaged. Skin cancers like melanoma, and sun spots can present themselves at any time in yo ur life. I’ve come up with a few easy summer skincare tips for teens, so keep these things in mind every time you are out in the sun!
Sunscreen is the most important part of summer. An even tan is nice, but forgoing sunscreen is not. A sunscreen of at least SPF 15 is recommended by the CDC on a regular basis, especially in summer. You should be wearing sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy.
Experts recommend reapplication every 2 hours and it can be hard to remember so it might help to set an alarm. Some makeup, such as the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation and most BB creams are safe to use on their own. If a cosmetic doesn’t have at least SPF 15 in it, wear a sunscreen underneath your primer.
Use a lip balm with SPF in it as well, your lips are just as important as any other skin. Don’t forget your scalp either! When you stay in the sun, your scalp is just as sensitive, if not more sensitive than the rest of you. A hair sunscreen, like this one from Paul Mitchell is salon quality on a decent price scale.
No matter how dark or light your skin is the sun can have a negative effect. A sunscreen like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer will work for anyone of any skin tone, without causing a white cast when drying. Washing your face at the end of the day is just as important as sunscreen.
Cleansing and Moisturizing
It’s important to get sweat and sunscreen off every single day. If you exfoliate nightly, cut back to once or twice a week, or switch to a gentler scrub, like this Simple brand cleanser. Sloughing away the top layer of your skin can make your skin overly sensitive to the sun.
Applying less moisturizer at night can let your skin breathe. A heavier moisturizer is great for the dry winter, but the summer calls for a lighter application. A lightweight moisturizer will soak in and settle faster.
Next, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Following the 8 cups of water a day is usually tiring and hard to follow. During the summer, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. Keeping your skin and body in check can prevent dehydration, improve skin, and improve energy levels.
Aside from protecting your skin, wearing UV blocking sunglasses can help protect your eyes from damage. Did you know the sun can irreversibly damage your eyes as well as your skin? Wearing hats and glasses can help prevent basal cell carcinoma, the most commonly occurring skin cancer in the eye and nose area.
Having a good general skincare routine is so important for us as teens, but taking care during the summer is even more crucial.
Stay safe, and have fun this summer! And don’t forget to take good care of your skin!