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Savvy Summer Skin Care

Summer fun has begun! Longer days give us more time in the yard, at the park, on the trail and in the water. Whether your plan is to relax or play hard, or maybe a little of both, be sure to be smart about skin care.

You’ll likely be getting more sun and using more body care products during the summer, so these skin-savvy tips should come in handy.

The Most Beautiful Skin is the Healthiest Skin

There are some simple steps you can take for all around wellness that also give your skin a big boost:

Prioritize smart sun care. Check out our blog on sunscreen for the latest details on sun protection.

Stay hydrated by drinking water every day (try a splash of 100% fruit juice to liven things up).

Eat a balanced diet of colorful fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and other whole foods. Get good fats daily — including omega-3 fatty acids and GLA — for healthy, elastic skin. Try some flaxseed oil or chia seeds in your frozen smoothie! Here is more information on healthy fats from Dr. Alona Pulde.

Kick up the antioxidants to help protect the skin.

Take steps to manage stress since that can be a factor in breakouts.

Better Body Care

The skin is the largest organ in the body. So it’s smart to look for personal care products with the same high-quality you’d look for in the foods you choose to eat. Products with fewer artificial and more high-quality botanical ingredients are just better for your skin. Here’s what to look for in your basic body and personal care products.

Skin cleansers, soaps and shower gels that:

  • nourish and cleanse with high levels of plant-based ingredients
  • prove effective against dirt with gentle surfactants

Lotions, moisturizers and make-up that:

  • use plant-based oils that penetrate and nourish your skin
  • contain botanicals, nutrients and antioxidants to improve skin quality over time

Personal care products with our Premium Body Care logo are the best of the best because they meet the strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety. 

Treat Your Skin

Skip the ice cream truck and treat yourself with luxurious botanicals instead.

Body polish or scrub: Body scrub products contain sugar or salt to exfoliate and help recondition skin. Scrubbing the skin to support healthy circulation, detoxification, and general health has been promoted by traditional healers for centuries.

Body butter: Thicker than most lotions, butters are like a nourishing eye cream but for your whole body! Look for shea butter, jojoba oil, or cocoa butter. 

Body oils: Natural oils massaged on to still-damp skin after a shower or bath deeply moisturize. Replenish with avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, grape seed oil or rose hip seed oil.

Visit our summer body care page for three steps to glowing skin and some summer skincare essentials.

What’s your favorite summer skin care treat?

Face scrub photo by Evi Abeler.