Don't be shy with the SPF. Seasons change, and your skin is right there along with it. So while you're getting ready for the pool parties and BBQs, your skin needs to get ready for some changes, too. You're going to want to protect yourself from skin damage from tanning this summer. You might want to consider adding something new to your routine, like Clearasil® Ultra Rapid Action Scrub. A little exfoliation removes dead skin cells and reveals new, fresher skin. And fresh faces are what summer's all about.
But if there's one word you should remember this summer – it's sunscreen. The truth is, tans aren't healthy. But if you're sensible, tanning without damaging skin and following these simple tips – we're not stopping you from having your fun in the sun.
Sunscreen Is Your Best Friend
Never let your guard down. Use an SPF of 15 or higher everyday, no matter what. Acne-prone skin will do best with an oil-free sunscreen. Check for labels that read "non-comedogenic" (don't try to pronounce it, just look for it on the package; it won't clog pores). Remember, any amount of tan equals skin damage. Reapply often and use liberally. Sunscreen comes off after a few hours of exercise or swimming. For fail-safe sun protection, apply sunscreen before you go outside, reapply every two to three hours, and don't skimp.
Throw It Out
Don't get sentimental about your sunscreen. That one from your trip to Mexico five years ago… toss it. Sunscreen should be replaced every 12 months.
Take your shade to go. A brimmed hat or baseball cap is always cute on the beach, and it doubles as a great skin-saver.
Get the "good" tan. Self-tanners make you look like you spent the day at the beach, but application is an art form unto itself. Be sure to exfoliate your skin with a washcloth, loofah, or body brush prior to applying.