Summer is here, and is gracing us with her warmth, light and nourishment. That means 15 hours of daylight (twice as long as we experience around winter solstice!) and an open invitation to rejoice in those long bike rides, trips to the beach and picnics in the park we’ve been dreaming of. With the change of seasons come the necessary changes to our skincare routine. We’ve devised a list of helpful tips to keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing this summer.
H20 - Hydrate and Moisturize
When we don’t drink enough water, our skin responds by turning dry, tight and flaky and becomes more prone to wrinkling and damage. Try t the 8x8 rule: eight 8-ounce glasses a day, or 1/2 gallon. Topically, it is a good idea to apply hydrating products within two minutes of leaving the shower when our skin is more porous and has a better absorption rate.
2. The good, the bad, the unavoidable: Sun exposure
We all love taking a sun-drenched hammock nap in the middle of the day but unfortunately, UV rays are a proven human carcinogen AND they cause premature aging. Prevention is best. The sun is at its strongest during 10am-4pm, so be sure to dress and shade yourself accordingly. Dark clothing with tightly-woven fabric blocks more sun than white or loosely woven fabrics. Reflective surfaces like water, snow and sand also increase your chances of getting burnt. When it comes to sunscreen…
Skin experts recommend wearing sunscreen all year round because UV rays are always present, though weaker in the winter. Look for a broad-spectrum one that protects you from both UVA and UVB radiation and is at least SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours outside, and every hour if you are swimming or sweating. Don’t forget to protect your lips with an SPF chapstick!
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3. Harness the power: Antioxidants
Research shows that 90 % of cosmetic skin problems associated with aging could primarily be from sun damage and not the normal aging process. Antioxidants are found in a variety of foods: dark chocolate, berries, coffee and green tea to name a few, and they help us by combating free radicals from sun damage and protecting the health and appearance of our skin. To maximize their benefit, it is best to both eat antioxidant-rich foods, and apply anti-oxidant rich products topically.
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4. Polish and unearth: Exfoliation
Ever notice periods of your skin appearing dull and your moisturizer seeming ineffective? That might be because the outermost layer of your skin is clogged with a barrier of dead skin cells. A gentle exfoliant will help remove those layers and reveal the new and healthy skin cells underneath. As we uncover our new skin we make way for our favorite moisturizers to penetrate more deeply and work more effectively. Most exfoliants work best when used once weekly.
Camamu has a fun collection of exfoliant soaps and scrubs that will delight your senses.You can see it here.
To see a full collection of all of our lovely summer product offerings, click here.