Have you heard the saying, “beauty is only skin deep”, well they failed to take into consideration how important drinking enough water is to beauty? Our bodies are almost 75% water so if you want to make sure you are happy and healthy it is important to consume at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Water is essential and helps to remove toxins, boost circulation, hydrate skin, reduce blemishes, tone the skin, cure sunburn, clear acne, makes nails stronger, helps keep your hair shiny and prevents frizzy hair, and help with hair growth. (Dr. Health) In order to keep hydrated and look your best this summer be sure to drink enough water and when you head to the beach be sure to pack yourself plenty of water to drink.
While everyone loves a good tan, no one loves skin damage or skin cancer so it is important to make sure you are using the proper sunscreen to help keep you and your skin looking its best. It is recommended that you apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 a half an hour before you plan on being in the sun and then reapplying every two hours to make sure you are maintaining the proper protection. If you plan on swimming or participating in an activity where you may sweat a lot be sure to purchase a water-resistant sunscreen. (WebMD)
While many of us have a great looking lipstick we use as part of our beauty routine, many of us forget that your lips can be damaged by harmful UVA and UVB rays. The lips are a common place for skin cancer so it is important before going out into the sun to make sure you are using a lip balm with a with at least an SPF15 and SPF 30 is recommended for best results. Like sunscreen be sure to apply the lip balm at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun. Using lip balm doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favorite lipstick shade, simply apply the lip balm with SPF under your favorite lipstick and you will not only be protecting your lips you can look your best at the same time. (Lip Balm)
Want your face to have that great glow and tan like you have spent the day at the beach without having to soak up those harmful UVA and UVB rays that come from the sun, use a bronzer. Bronzers provide that glow and appearance of a tan you are looking for but without having to expose your face to the sun. There are many brands and tone's of bronzers on the market so you are sure to find one that best suits your skin type and tone and give you that summer glow you are looking for. (Bronzer)
While we may want to watch the amount of sugar we consume in a day for health and diet reasons, a good sugar scrub should be an essential part of your summer beauty routine. A simple and effective way to help you exfoliate your skin and leave it smooth and healthy is by using a sugar scrub. Using a sugar scrub routinely can help prevent ingrown hairs and acne. Sugar scrubs can either be purchased at a retailer or made at home, either way, your skin will benefit from this simple beauty routine. (Sugar Scrub)
With winter over it is time to take your hands out of those gloves and your feet out of the snow boots and put on your favorite nail polish and show off your style. Nothing feels better than slipping on your favorite sandals and showing off your favorite shade of nail polish. Summer is a great time to show off your favorite hues and some of the most popular colors for summer 2018 include caffeine, crimson, aqua, grey, and white. While these may be some of the trending colors, the great thing about nail polish is that there are so many colors to choose from your only limits are where your imagination takes you, so pull out your favorite colors and get ready for a great summer.(Nail Polish)
Aloe Vera is a plant that has many medicinal purposes and you can grow one at home or purchase it in gel form from any local retailer. When out this summer it is important to make sure you wear sunscreen to protect your skin, but if you end up getting too much sun and the ensuing sunburn, then it is important to make sure you have aloe vera. When you apply aloe vera to a sunburn it will not only soothe the pain, it will promote quicker healing and help to avoid the dreadful peeling of the skin that occurs as a sunburn heals.
One inexpensive item that has a multitude of beauty uses and should be a part of any beauty kit is petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly can be used to help with dry skin and lips, help prevent scarring from minor wounds, and even help to rehydrate your nails. Petroleum jelly can be purchased at any local grocery or pharmacy and can easily be placed in your purse or backpack to have on hand. (Petroleum Jelly)
Not only are insects annoying they carry many diseases so it is important to make sure you carry bug spray. This is especially important if your summer plans include traveling outside the United States as other countries have insects that carry diseases not common in the United States. Some of the diseases that insects carry (especially mosquitoes) are malaria, zeka virus, yellow fever, Lyme disease, and West Nile Virus. For the best protection, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using a Deet based insect repellant. (Insect Repellant)
When heading out into the sun it is important to make sure you have a pair of sunglasses to wear as it is just as important to protect your eyes as it is to protect your skin. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory that can add style to any outfit, but if you are going to be in the sun make sure the sunglasses have UVA and UVB protection. Luckily sunglasses with the proper protection come in a variety of styles from sporty when you want to play some volleyball at the beach to classy when you just want to hang at the beach with your friends and look great, either way, you can protect your eyes and show off your style. (Healthy Vision)
Before heading out this summer be sure to pack your favorite hat to make sure you are getting proper protection from the sun. A wide brim hat not only makes your summer outfit pop, it also provides extra protection from the sun for your eyes, face, and neck helping to prevent sunburn and keep your skin looking healthy and young. Luckily hats come in a wide variety of styles and colors so you are sure to find one to fit any style and situation. Hats are an easy item to stash in your tote and therefore always be ready for when you want to enjoy some fun in the sun. (Hats)
Heading out for some fun in the sun, don’t forget to grab your cover-up. Whether you plan on hanging by the pool or enjoying a beach day, a cover-up is a great accessory to have with you. Cover-ups are a simple and fashionable way to transition from pool or beach by simply putting it on over your favorite bathing suit you are now ready to head for lunch or relax with a drink by the tiki bar. Cover-ups also offer additional protection from the sun so before heading out this summer make sure you have your cover up with you. (Cover Up)
Nothing beats a great pair of sandals for summer, you can show off your pedicure and latest nail polish color while enjoying the easy comfort of a cute sandal. Sandals are a summer beauty essential because they allow you to transition from pool to go in a matter of seconds. Sandals easily fit into your bag and allow you the cool comfort you need and want on those hot summer days. Sandals come is so many cute colors and styles you are sure to find the right pair (or pairs) to make sure your feet are as fashionable as the rest of you. (Sandals)
One summer essential you should have with you is a head scarf. This versatile accessory is a must-have after spending the day at the beach or by the pool. If you choose to spend any time in the water your hair is obviously not going to look as good as it did before you took the plunge, one simple remedy is a head scarf. Head scarf’s come in a wide variety of colors, materials, and styles and you are sure to find one to match your outfit. Once you are done in the water simply put on a head scarf and you are ready to go and nobody will be the wiser. This versatile fashion accessory is a must-have for summer, or any day you may not feel like spending a lot of time on your hair. (Head Scarf)
Need something to carry all your summer 2018 essentials in, grab a cute tote. Totes are not only convenient they are fashionable as well. Simply store your summer essentials in your tote and have it ready to grab and go anytime you want to head out to the beach or other summer activity. Totes come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and materials making them the ultimate summer accessory to carry all your other summer accessories. (Tote)
Whether you are heading out for a vacation, hitting the beach, or just hanging by the pool it is important to take care of yourself and incorporate some summer products into your beauty routine. Summer is the time to soak up the rays and have a great time, but those rays can also be harmful to you so be careful and make sure to take steps to prevent and combat these harmful effects with beauty products and clothing that will look great and allow you to keep enjoying the fun in the sun for many years to come. Fortunately, you do not need to spend a lot of money to make sure you are ready for summer, you just need to take the time to pack and utilize your essential summer beauty products for the summer and make sure it is a great year. Hopefully, this list help make your summer beauty routine easier and safer.