Summer means backyard barbeques, brews on the back deck, trips to the lake, and (unfortunately) outdoor housework. Taking care of your skin is vital during these sunnier months, not only to avoid dehydration or blemishes. but also for long-term protection against skin damage or even skin cancer. Check out our easy summer skincare tips, and find everything you need for seasonal fun at landsend.com.
It turns out Mom was right about a lot of things — and wearing sunscreen is definitely one of them! Making sunscreen a part of your daily routine, no matter the season, is an excellent way to protect your skin from UV rays. Throughout the winter months, a lower SPF is fine (think SPF 15 to 30). As the summer sun intensifies, we recommend upping that SPF to at least a 50 rating, especially if you work outdoors regularly or plan on being outside for longer periods of time. Remember that certain sunscreens are formulated for water-based activities — and nothing ruins a beach day faster than a sunburn.
Pro tip: Stock up on SPF-rated lip balms as well. Inexpensive and super-portable, lip balms can be stashed in your briefcase or backpack, men’s jacket pockets, or the car.
Heading to an outdoor patio? Choose the table with the umbrella. Taking the dog for a walk? Don’t leave the house without a ball cap to shield your eyes. Doing some outdoor chores? Wear a men’s button-down shirt and jeans to protect your skin while you work. Assess your sun protection options by activity and location to stay protected wherever you are.
Lands’ End takes sun protection to the next level with its line of UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing and swimwear. In partnership with the Skin Cancer Foundation, we’ve designed garments using a unique fabric that blocks the sun and protects your skin from its harmful effects. Many of our UPF options contain sweat-wicking technology as well, so you can stay dry and cool and prevent clogged pores.
How much water do you drink each day? Your skin will thank you for adding an extra glass or two to your daily intake. Plus, keeping a water bottle within easy reach is a good habit to practice year-round. Besides being good for your skin, water helps your body digest food and absorb nutrients, and proper hydration will help regulate body temperature in the summer heat. And speaking of nutrients, when you’re packing up your lunchbox for work, be sure to include water-based vegetables like leafy greens, celery, and cucumber. Cutting back on overly processed foods and sweets can also help give your skin a healthy boost.
Yes, you should still be moisturizing your skin during the summer season. Your body naturally produces oils to hydrate your skin and hair, but skipping the lotion step in your daily routine can send that oil production into overdrive, leaving you with clogged pores and acne. Spending increased time at the pool (chlorine!) or other natural bodies of water can also dry out your skin. Find a simple oil-free facial moisturizer, and apply it after washing your face for smooth, blemish-free skin.
Bonus: Many facial lotions include an SPF rating for basic protection throughout the day. If you feel like going the extra mile, introduce exfoliation and toner into the mix; a light facial scrub, used once a week, will help remove dead skin cells or other buildup. Toner is similar in that it will remove excess skin cells, but most liquid versions hydrate the skin’s surface as well.
Let’s be honest — washing bed sheets isn’t always a high priority on the weekly chore list. But when it comes to healthy skin, clean bedding is a must. Every day the body sheds skin cells, which settle on our sheets. We also tend to perspire more in the summertime, and those two things spell a recipe for clogged pores. At the very least, wash your pillowcase once a week to keep your face free of dirt while you sleep. We also recommend quality linen sheet sets to stay cool at night. Linen is naturally airy and light and can help with nighttime ventilation.
Summer is a time for adventures, and that often means being away from your go-to skincare products. Sunscreen especially requires multiple applications if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period. To stay safe all day, pack a simple, portable kit that includes sunscreen, aloe cream or lotion, lip balm with SPF, sunglasses, a baseball cap, and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt. Use a backpack, shoulder bag, or tote bag to house your skincare kit and feel confident on the go.
All good habits take time and practice, and a quality skincare routine is worth it. Summer is a time full of outdoor fun, but it never hurts to take the proper precautions. Rock healthy skin all summer long, and reap the benefits year-round for years to come.