Step 1. Re-apply your sunscreen every two hours and choose sunscreen with a SPF factor that doesn’t exceed 45*
Step 2. Stay hydrated – have a sip of water every 15 minutes or more.
Step 3. Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect the skin from UV-A and UV-B rays.
Step 4. Wear a serum that is made with any oxidants containing vitamin A and vitamin C morning and night. Apply in the morning to fight off free radical damage, apply at night to repair damage.
Step 5. Exfoliate your skin gently twice a week to remove buildup from sunscreen and brighten the skin.
Step 6. Wash your skin right after working out or sweating. Sweat and bacteria can mix together to cause breakouts and redness/irritation in the skin.
Step 7. Use a gentle lactic acid toner after washing the skin at night to help remove any residue left from cleanser, sunscreen, self-tanner, and makeup.
Step 8. Sun exposure will not improve acne. Yes, sun exposure can hide the appearance of acne for a while, but will lead to skin damage, pigmentation, and drying that signals the skin to produce more oil.
Step 9. Stay away from tanning beds – every visit drastically increases your chance of melanoma**
Step 10. Add more greens to your diet! It takes more than a face cream to get glowing skin.
Step 11. Essential oils are great for relaxation, but their application makes skin photosensitive. We recommend not applying them to your face or skin before heading outdoors.
Step 12. Put your sunglasses on – sunglasses are the first line of defense against UV-A and UV-B rays, which are absorbed through our eyes. UV rays travel into our pituitary glands, which talk to our melanocytes (cells that control skin pigmentation).
Step 13. Did we mention sunscreen? Elta MC is one of our favorite lines for sunscreen. It is light, doesn't clog pores and feels amazing on.
*It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good as an SPF of 15 and so on. But that is not how it works."An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. "After that, it just gets silly," – Web MD
**Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59 percent; the risk increases with each use. Women younger than 30 are six times more likely to develop melanoma if they tan indoors. Research demonstrates that even people who do not burn after indoor tanning or sun exposure are at an increased risk of melanoma if they tan indoors. Even one indoor tanning session can increase users’ risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent. - American Academy of Dermatology