How To: The Ultimate Guide to Radiant Skin this Summer

The Ultimate Guide to Radiant Skin this Summer: Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Summer means more sunshine, relaxing days by (or chasing the kids around) the pool and family cookouts! It’s hot and humid and most days you just want to throw on a pair of sunglasses and walk out the door. But if you’re struggling with dry skin in summer, it can feel like you must hide your skin.

Keep scrolling as we give you a comprehensive guide to naturally glowing, radiant, and healthy skin that will keep you feeling confident in your skin all summer long!

What does radiant-looking skin mean?

Okay everyone throws around the term “radiant skin” but what does it really mean? Your skin’s radiance refers to its ability to reflect light. Some women try to achieve this with make up by using highlighter creams, but it can also be achieved naturally with proper skincare.

Think of skin that looks healthy, hydrated and glowy, with an even tone and texture (is anyone else picturing JLO, Chrissy Teigen or Miranda Kerr? K, good. Same here! #skingoals)—that’s radiant-looking skin. The good news is that everyone, not just celebs, can achieve it with healthy habits and the right skincare.

How does summer affect your skin?

The change in weather and habits can be rough on your skin, especially if you have naturally sensitive skin. Below are four factors that increase the likelihood of summer dry skin:

  1. Heat – Excessive heat can lead to more trans epidermal water loss (TEWL), which is when your skin loses moisture due to evaporation.
  2. Increased Sun Exposure – UV rays are extremely harsh on your skin in the summer and can lead to a damaged skin barrier. Since one of your skin barrier’s primary jobs is to regulate your skin’s moisture levels, if it’s not functioning properly, it can quickly lead to dry skin and other skin conditions.
  3. Pool Time – Spending time in the pool not only exposes your skin to harsh chemicals which can negatively affect your skin barrier, but every time you get out, you’re promoting more surface moisture loss through TEWL. Yes, we talk about it a lot, but it’s a big deal for skin health!
  4. More Sweating – Similar to the added pool time, sweating more in the summer exposes your skin to the chemicals in your sweat—salt & urea to name two drying culprits—and your body’s primary goal when sweating is to cool you down through evaporation. Another double whammy for summer dry skin!

The Best Skincare Routine for Dry Skin in Summer

Along with drinking enough water and eating a balanced, nutritious diet, having a good skincare routine is essential for preventing and treating dry skin in summer. Below is the best skincare routine to leave your skin radiant!

  1. Gentle Cleanser – Our favorite cleansers for summer dry skin is the Pumpkin Enzyme Cleanser. Pumpkin enzymes are naturally packed with AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acid) which gently exfoliates and sloughs of dead skin. This helps prep your skin to absorb additional nutrients and hydration like this cleaner’s other key ingredient, sweet almond oil.

Sweet almond oil is a moisturizing and nourishing powerhouse because it contains high levels of vitamin E and vitamin A. Making this cleanser not only great for hydrating, but also great for anti-aging and acne prevention.

Pro tip: Wash your face with lukewarm water, not hot water, to avoid stripping the skin barrier and dehydrating your skin.

Exfoliate (1-3 times per week) – Try the Rose Glow Face Mask + Scrub! Along with chemical exfoliation with AHA’s, you should also use a gentle physical exfoliant at least once a week to promote cell turnover and remove dry, dead skin. Not only will this mask help reveal healthy, hydrated skin, but it’s also formulated with antioxidants for naturally brightening and healing.

Pro tip: mix this mask with yogurt for an extra hydration boost!

  1. Facial Mist – This Hydrating Rose Mist does double time to add moisture back to your skin after cleansing and works as a toner to balance your pH levels and remove any leftover make up or build up after cleansing.
  1. Serum – Serums are great for locking in moisture and restoring the skin barrier since they’re slightly thicker than water. Check out this Daily Repair Serum which has been formulated with a vitamin-packed oil trio, as well as carrot extract to moisturize, soothe inflammation, brighten, and reverse signs of aging.
  1. Moisturize – A good moisturizer is essential for healthy, radiant skin, especially if you have dry skin in the summer. It forms a protective barrier on your skin to help reduce TEWL.

This bestseller, Antioxidant Hydrating Cream, locks in moisture and promotes collagen production, without leaving behind a greasy residue, which is essential for avoiding dry skin in summer.

Pro tip: Apply both your serum and moisturizer to damp skin to help lock in even more moisture!

  1. SPF (AM) – Using sun protection is critical year-round, but especially during summer months when most of us are exposed to even more sun. We recommend a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30, which will block out 97% of harmful UV rays when used properly.

In conclusion

Consistent sun exposure can cause dry skin, premature aging, dull skin, and a damaged skin barrier to name a few! You’ll need to apply at least 2 Tbsp to your face and neck for proper coverage. Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours! We love sprays and SPF sticks for that.

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