Top Summer Skin Care Tips Researches Agree On

The summer season is about to heat up, so pretty soon you’ll be swapping long-sleeve shirts and pants for tank tops and shorts. But getting ready for summer takes more than just a wardrobe change. Your skin-care routine could use some renewing, too.

Follow these simple skin-care tips, and you’ll be ready to take on the heat in no time.

Scrub Away Dry, Scaly Skin

The colder months can be long and hard on your skin. Although you might have moisturized all season long, it’s time to start anew by exfoliating. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells to reveal renewed skin underneath. Try Olay® Total Effects Body Wash – Exfoliate & Replenish — the most advanced body wash from Olay. It goes beyond cleansing to deeply moisturize and fight seven signs of aging all over your body.

Get a Clean and Close Shave

Don’t let the thought of summer shaving rub you the wrong way. The secret to a perfect shave is prepping skin with a hydrating shave cream or gel. This will help minimize stubble and give you results that last a few days. For your bikini area, try the Gillette® Venus® Bikini Trimmer. Then follow up everywhere else with Venus Embrace® for a close, curve-hugging shave.

Arm Yourself

Sleeveless tops? Try an antiperspirant such as Secret® Smooth Effects™. Not only does it provide protection, but it also has been clinically tested to reduce the visual appearance of hair. As an added bonus, Secret Smooth Effects conditions your underarms, leaving touchably smooth skin.

Give Him a Fresh Scent for Summer

Now that your skin is prepped for warmer weather, give the man in your life some help. Don’t worry — getting him ready for summer doesn’t take a total makeover. A heavy-duty body wash will do the trick. Give him Old Spice® Odor Blocker Body Wash. It cleans, hydrates and blocks odor for 16 hours of freshness, giving him extra muscle against the summer heat.

How to Get a Beautiful Summer Look for Less

From your skin to your lips to your hair, getting yourself ready for summer always starts with brightening up the basics. And it’s easy to do without breaking the bank when you make smart choices. Discover some simple ways to get the natural summer glow and silky smooth hair that will make you the envy of summer.

Smooth Skin

A great summer look starts with radiant skin. Keep your skin moisturized and protected with Olay® Total Effects® Facial Moisturizer. The daily moisturizer helps to prevent damage to your skin’s surface, minimizes the appearance of pores and hydrates for the appearance of firmer skin. It also smoothes and evens skin texture and balances color, giving you visibly younger-looking skin.

Healthy Glow

A healthy-looking glow is the hallmark of summer beauty. To enhance that sparkle, keep your makeup simple. Start with a natural foundation such as CoverGirl® Clean Makeup. The water-based formula (available for normal, oily and sensitive skin types), with good-to-your-skin Noxzema® ingredients, lets your skin breathe. It goes on easily and blends perfectly so the world won’t see your makeup — just your beautiful skin.

Girl-on-the-Go Lips

Next, make your lips pop to highlight your dazzling skin. For a lipstain that delivers a lightweight flush of color that lasts, try CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain. The water-based colorants of Outlast Lipstain give lips a beautiful, lightweight flush of color that won’t come off. And this look lasts for hours without the heavy look or feel of an ordinary lipstick. Plus, its pen-like precision applicator makes it easy to define your lips — just draw on color without any hassle.

For a Smooth Hairstyle

Now it’s time to tame the frizz for a smooth hairstyle. Try Pantene® Medium-Thick Frizzy to Smooth Shampoo and its companion, Pantene Frizzy to Smooth Conditioner, to protect and hydrate your hair to help eliminate frizz. You’ll have soft and controlled hair all-day long.

Staying Safe in the Sun

There’s nothing like an afternoon outside to lift the spirits. Unfortunately, too much time spent soaking up the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be harmful to your skin, causing everything from premature aging to skin cancer. Here’s how to protect the health and beauty of your skin while enjoying the outdoors.

Wardrobe wonders

If you spend a lot of time in the sun — whether in the garden or at the beach — consider investing in sun-protective clothing. These special garments block more harmful ultraviolet rays than typical summer clothes, and many come labeled with a UPF rating (essentially SPF for fabric). Look for a UPF of 30 or higher. Also, make sure your sunglasses do more than just keep you from squinting — they should also be labeled for UV protection.

Create shade

No trees in sight? Plan ahead and bring the shade with you on that next summer outing. An oversized beach umbrella does the trick for a day of swimming, while a portable canopy or tarp is perfect for a picnic. Another option is to find a parasol or wide-brimmed hat that matches your favorite outfit for shade on the go.

Sunscreen basics

It’s second nature for most people to slather on sunscreen, but you can maximize the benefits with careful purchasing and application. Your best bet is to choose a broad-spectrum (blocks both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30. Apply generously 20 to 30 minutes before you head outside, and reapply every few hours — especially after swimming.

Four-season protection

When the thermometer starts to drop, it doesn’t mean you should stop shielding your skin from the sun. Everyday exposure — even in the middle of winter — can contribute to skin damage. Start your day with a moisturizer with built-in sun protection. Try an SPF of 15 or higher to keep your skin looking better longer.

Embrace moderation

The sun is fabulous in small to moderate doses. Even with the best protection available, however, you should limit your sun exposure to reasonable amounts of time. It’s also good to avoid scheduling prolonged outdoor activities during the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest.

3 Sneaky Ways UV Rays Can Harm You

You might already know the top three ways to keep your skin safe from the sun’s rays: Wear sunscreen, use an umbrella at the beach and avoid being in direct sunlight from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. However, UV rays can sneak up on you when you least expect it.

To help keep your skin healthy and cancer-free, you need to protect it from UV rays at all times. Here are three commonly overlooked situations where UV rays can harm you, and what you can do to protect yourself against them.

1. Expired Sunscreens Exposed

Before you throw your sunscreen in the beach bag, check the expiration date on the bottle. Every sunscreen bottle has an expiration date, usually about three years after it is put on the shelf, and the lotion can degrade and lose its potency beyond that printed date. Most people think that sunscreen has a longer shelf life, but you should be using that bottle way before it expires. Experts suggest using 1 ounce of sunscreen per application. Reapply every two to three hours, and you’ll use up a bottle in no time.

2. Sunny Rooms Mean More UV Rays

Staying indoors usually keeps you safe from the sun, but spending time in an especially sunny room can be just as risky as being outdoors in direct sunlight. A sunny room, where sunlight streams in from windows or skylights, brings in the same amount of UV rays as being outdoors, and it might even magnify the intensity of the sun as rays reflect off of windows. Treat a sunny room as you would the outdoor sun, and apply sunscreen before enjoying the sun’s rays.

3. Frequent-Flier Warning

Do you log a lot of hours in the friendly skies? If you are a regular airplane traveler, you might be putting yourself at risk for exposure to extra-powerful UV rays. UV ray exposure at high altitudes is called “cosmic radiation” and is a concern for pilots, flight attendants and frequent fliers alike. Combat this risk by researching alternate modes of transportation for shorter, closer trips, and wearing total-body sunscreen when you do hit the skies.

Being prepared for all UV ray exposure allows you to enjoy the full benefits of the sun. This includes getting a full day’s dose of vitamin D after 10 minutes in the sunlight, without risking your health. Keep your sunscreens up-to-date, and be sure to apply them often when you’re spending time under the sun.

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. So, return the favor and take steps to protect it. That includes actively guarding against skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The good news is that most cases are preventable, and the steps to reduce your risk are not difficult. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun. The CDC recommends five easy sun-protection steps:

  1. Seek shade, especially during midday hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), when UV (ultraviolet) rays are strongest and can do the most damage.
  2. Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  3. Get a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears and neck.
  4. Grab shades that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  5. Rub on sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. Apply to all exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Don’t forget to reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.

In addition, avoid tanning with a sunlamp. Tanning booths use ultraviolet rays similar to the sun’s rays. You can find more information about preventing skin cancer, identifying signs of skin cancer and conducting a self-examination by visiting your doctor.