With summer approaching, it’s always good to get a refresher on what we can do for our skin to prepare it for the extra heat and sunshine it’s due to be exposed to over the coming months.

Sunbathing

Slather on the sunscreen.

Ideally, you should already be using sunscreen on your face and neck on a daily basis, as sunscreen really is the most effective anti-aging skincare product out there. So kudos to you if you’ve already found an SPF product that works well for you! And if you haven’t, now’s the time to find the perfect facial sunscreen for your skin. Be sure to consider your skin type as you shop, be it dry, combination, oily, or sensitive. You should also aim to get a product that’s light on the skin, as lightweight skincare products wear better in hot weather.

Get rid of redness.

Sunburn isn’t the only type of skin redness that you have to worry about as summer approaches. Inflammation can also give your skin tone a red hue, and it usually indicates that something is amiss in your skincare regimen. Be sure to pinpoint products in your skincare routine that might be too harsh on the skin, and replace them with gentler products that will nurture and nourish the skin. Some key ingredients to look for in skincare products to reduce inflammation are MSM, wildcrafted geranium, seabuckthorn oil, aloe vera, and raw shea butter.

Clear up body acne.

You might be able to hide body acne underneath your clothing during the colder months of the year, but if you’re going to be putting on a swimsuit anytime soon, now is a good time to take care of that body acne. You might consider investing in an acne clearing body wash, or you can get a spot treatment that contains an effective acne fighting ingredient such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree oil. Keep in mind that body acne tends to be inflammatory acne rather than non-inflammatory acne, so you’ll want to invest in products that will target this type of acne.

Body scrub brown sugar with cinnamon

Exfoliate.

Exfoliating your face and body once or twice a week is crucial for sloughing away dead skin cells and revealing the bright, radiant, and supple skin that’s underneath; so ideally you’re also doing this year-round. But if this hasn’t yet become habit for you, now is the ultimate time to start. There are a number of tools you can use to exfoliate, such as a brush, polishing cloth, scrub, rotating brush, or chemical exfoliant.

Opt for a moisturizing soap.

Dry, dehydrated skin is never a good look for summer, so it’s a good idea to make the switch to a moisturizing soap to give your skin a strong foundation for moisture. Look for a soap that contains a moisturizing ingredient such as avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.

Break out the self-tanner.

Tanned skin always makes for a great summer look, but it’s best to rely on sunless tanner rather than UV rays for that bronzed look in order to protect your skin. Start using self-tanner on that ghost-white skin if you want to give it a sunkissed glow.

Foot Pedicure

Be kind to your feet.

Chances are you’re going to be wearing more open-toed shoes over the coming months, so treat your feet and give them an at-home pedicure. Make sure to file off any dead skin on your heel, and consider applying a rich, moisturizing cream to your feet at night.

Go down a shade in your foundation.

Many of us will have slightly tanner skin during the summer (especially if we’re slathering on the self-tanner), so it’s important to make sure that your foundation will still match the skin on your face during these warmer months. Consider going a shade darker in your foundation if you think it will suit your complexion better.

Invest in some glasses cleaner.

This is a small point, but it’s worth mentioning since many people wear sunglasses more frequently as the weather heats up. Be sure to invest in some glasses cleaner, be it alcohol wipes or alcohol spray and a lint free cloths. Start cleaning your glasses on a daily basis to keep them free of oil so that you don’t develop acne around the bridge of your nose.

Learn more about how to reduce inflammation from this article.