Summer will be here before you know it! Because women like to be prepared, I’ve put together a list of my Top 10 Summer Beauty Tips for Women Over 40! From bright, frizz free hair to healthy, glowing skin, you’ll be beach ready for the hottest season of the year! Let’s get to it…
Summer Beauty Tip #1
Sunscreen – Broad Spectrum Protection Spf 30 or more
This one is a NO brainer but it is SO important that I have to include it as #1 on the list. Although sunscreen should be a staple in your routine year round, it is vitally important during the summer when the Sun’s dangerous UV rays are the highest. (May – August). The general rule of thumb from dermatologists is that you should protect your skin year round by using a sunscreen that offers the following:
- Broad Spectrum Protection (protects against UVA & UVB Rays)
- Spf 30 or higher
- Water Resistent
Sunscreen should be applied to every exposed area of your body, head to toe including your face, neck & the top of your feet!
HERE ARE SOME TRIED & TRUE FAVORITE SUNSCREENS:
FOR THE FACE:
FOR THE BODY:
Summer Beauty Tip #2 –
Take a Salt Bath Twice a Week
Soak twice weekly in an Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Mineral Salt Bath for healthy, glowing, moisturized Skin. There are so many benefits to a Salt Bath. Salt’s mineral content helps restore the protective barrier in skin and helps it hold hydration. Result = Moisturized Skin! Have you every noticed that your skin doesn’t wrinkle or prune after a long soak in salted water? Enough said!
FAVORITE BATH SALTS:
Summer Beauty Tip #3
Vitamin C Inside & Outside!
Take a Vitamin C Supplement Daily & Apply topical Vitamin C in the form of a serum daily. Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
The human body doesn’t have the capacity to generate Vitamin C. Therefore, it needs to be received through food and other supplements. You can get it naturally through the foods that contain it such as oranges, red peppers, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli and kale. And you can get it in the form of a vitamin supplement. Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that if you take more than your body can use, the excess is usually excreted without causing harm. That being said, the recommended daily intake for Vitamin C is 65-90 mg. per day with an upper limit of 2000 mg. I take a 1000 mg Vitamin C supplement daily. Of course, you should consult with your doctor before adding a vitamin supplement to your routine.
Benefits of Vitamin C when applied topically to the Skin include promoting collagen formation, mitigating the effects of free radicals and helping to maintain the firmness of the Skin. Sounds good to me and most Dermatologists agree that you should add a topical Vitamin C product to your skincare routine.
FAVORITE VITAMIN C PRODUCTS:
Summer Beauty Tip #4
60-Second Trick to Keep Lips Soft & Plump
#4 is really simple and I’ve been doing it for over 20 years. Every morning & night after brushing your teeth, rinse off your toothbrush and then brush your lips vigorously top and bottom for 60 seconds! Result – smooth, plump, lipstick ready lips!
Summer Beauty Tip #5
Tired of Dry Hands & Cuticles? Try this..
I discovered this on accident and it has solved my dry hands & cuticles problem after years of trying to find the perfect hand cream. Keep a jar of Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser by your bathroom sink. As your LAST step every night before going to bed, wash your hands with Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser. Rinse Off & dry. Result – Wake up with soft, moisturized hands & cuticles. I swear it lasts all day even through multiple hand washings throughout the day. And it makes hand creams even more effective.
Summer Beauty Tip #6
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen on Your Lips
Be sure to use sunscreen on your lips. Make this the first step in your lip routine every morning! Apply a lip balm with Spf daily and throughout the day as needed. I love Supergoop’s MintFusion Lip Balm SPF30. It hydrates, smooths & protects!
FAVORITE LIP SUNSCREENS:
Summer Beauty Tip #7
Layer Body Oil & Body Lotion for Bathing Suit Ready Skin
#7 is something I do year-round. In the Summer, it is especially important to have moisturized, healthy, glowing skin as much more of our body is exposed! This method of layering body oil, followed by body lotion works great year-round! Here’s what you do, immediately after getting out of the shower or bath (within 1 minute), apply body oil to your entire body, then air dry or pat dry if needed. Immediately follow with a good body lotion. Result? Healthy, Glowing, Soft, Touchable Skin! I love Kopari’s Coconut Body Oil, followed by Ahava Mineral Body Lotion! Absolute Heavenly Combination!
Summer Beauty Tip #8
Switch to a Silicone Based Foundation for the Summer
Switch to a Silicone based Foundation in the Summer when the humidity is high. Silicone acts as a film barrier between your skin and the humidity. This prevents it from seeping into your pores and running down your face.
Summer Beauty Tip #9
Bronzer is your New BFF!
Bronzer brightens the skin & gives it warmth, perfect for Summertime! In the Summer, I like to apply a matte bronzer as my last step over after foundation, blush & finishing powder. With a big fluffy brush, make a heart-shaped over the face starting at the forehead and working down to the cheeks. Then sweep it along the jaw line. This gives nice definition and a natural looking glow!
Summer Beauty Tip #10
Protect Hair from Sun, Chlorine & Salt Water
Hair takes a beating during the Summer! Especially colored hair. Sun, chlorine, salt water and air conditioning can all cause havoc on the hair. These two tips will protect your hair so you can have fun at the beach, in the pool and outside all summer long. #1 – Before Swimming in the Pool or Ocean, wet your hair & apply a leave in conditioner to your hair. Hair will absorb the conditioner instead of the chlorine or salt water. #2 – Spritz your Hair with a UV protectant spray before heading out during the Summer months. I like ALTERNA Haircare’s Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray which is BOTH a leave-in conditioner and provides UV protection!
Do you have a Summer Beauty Tip you’d like to share? I invite you to share YOUR summer beauty tips below! As always, please leave your comments. I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time..
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