But you can get too much of a good thing. The same sun that gives you that sun-kissed look can also cause dark spots, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation, with its damaging UVA/UVB rays.
A Dozen Ways to Improve Skin Tone
You don’t have to suffer with blotchy skin. There are many simple, effective ways to even skin tone, minimize dark spots, and help your skin stay bright and glowing.
To help, we’ve collected some of the best tips to keep your skin beautiful all summer long.
1. Sun Safely
The sun’s UVA/UVB rays can wreak havoc on your skin’s tone and cause wrinkles and roughness.
Combat it by using a mineral sunscreen every day — even when you’re not sunbathing. And don’t skimp — standard expert advice is to use a full teaspoon on your face alone.
Hot weather can dry your skin. Drink plenty of water to hydrate from the inside, then mist your face with water to keep it moist throughout the day.
3. Use Gentle Aloe
If you have a burn from too much sun, use aloe vera gel to soothe, refresh, and heal your skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of this common herb can help you feel better, fast.
Using a gentle exfoliator like a skin brush or scrubbing gel will gently remove damaged, dry skin and help your glow shine through. Be gentle, though — summer skin can be sensitive from too much time out in the elements.
A facial mask is a great way to refresh and renew summer skin.
To do, just mash together a ripe avocado, a dollop of honey, and a bit of coconut oil and smooth into place. Rinse after 15 minutes. This gentle mask will moisturize and soothe sun-stressed skin.
6. Hats On
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is one of the best ways to protect delicate facial skin and your scalp from damaging rays, plus it’s a fantastic addition to your summer wardrobe!
7. Have a Cold One
Hot water can dry skin out, adding to damage.
Instead of hot baths or showers, use cool water to keep your skin clear and hydrated and your whole body feeling refreshed and invigorated.
8. Eat Your Antioxidants
Get lots of antioxidants in your diet to combat dark spots and other summer skin woes by fighting free radicals.
Cooling antioxidant-rich foods include melons, berries, and iced green and white teas.
Fun fact: watermelon can boost your SPF, adding protection.
9. Don’t Scratch
Bugs are out in force in the summer months and you’re bound to get a few bites.
Don’t scratch them, as this can cause inflammation and even infection. Use a good anti-itch cream instead and be sure to use chemical-free bug spray or citronella candles to prevent bites when you can.
10. Double-Up on Protection
You already know the sun can age your skin. Double your skin-protecting power by using mineral-based makeup over your sunscreen. This will increase your SPF while helping you look your best.
11. Stay Clean
Wash your face with cool water twice per day to get rid of oils, perspiration, and other pollutants that can clog pores and dull skin.
12. Ditch the Dark Spots
Combat uneven skin tone with the safe, effective skin-brightening power of Lomelin™. This gentle cream inhibits melanin for smoother, brighter summer skin.
While Canadian dermatologists have been recommending the proven spot-fighting formula of Lomelin™ for more than a decade, you don’t need a prescription to try it.
Get some this summer and keep those dark spots at bay.
Use a Combination of Tips for Best Results
For the best, brightest, most youthful glow this summer, choose the tips that are easiest for you and combine them for maximum results.
Using some preventative strategies, like sun protection, along with an effective skin-evening cream like Lomelin™ can help your skin look, and feel, its very best.