Hot Girl Summer Skin-Care
It’s officially Hot Girl Summer! (Shout-out to my Aquarius sister, Megan Thee Stallion). With back to back heat waves, “Hot” is an understatement. While it’s often misinterpreted as sexual, Hot Girl Summer is really all about being unapologetic and embracing yourself. This summer, we’re embracing our skin. The skin is the largest organ of your body, and summer can wreak havoc on it. From long days in the heat, to pores clogged with sweat, your skin will need a little extra TLC.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help keep your skin healthy and glowing this summer!
Protect Your Skin
Between lounging at the pool and relaxing on a beach, summer days include a lot of time in the sun. Be careful, especially if you live in an area with a high UV index. There’s a common misconception that melanated skin is immune to the dangers of the sun, but that’s not true. While melanin does partially protect your body from the sun’s harmful UV rays, it is not enough.
Sun safety is very important, sun damage can result in various problems ranging from premature aging to skin cancer. This is where SPF comes in. Dermatologists recommend using skin products with SPF 30 or higher. I recommend using a moisturizer that has SPF in it. Remember that SPF isn’t only meant for your face, it should be used on any part of your body that is exposed to the sun. That includes your neck, hands, feet, and even your ears.
Glow Baby, Glow
Exfoliating is one of the best ways to achieve glowing skin. Dead skin can cause dullness and make your complexion look lackluster. There are two methods of exfoliating: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliants are recommended for your face. They are less harsh and reduce fine lines. Common chemical exfoliants include glycolic and lactic acids.
Physical exfoliants scrub away dead skin cells and leave your body silky smooth. *Shameless plug*, I recently started my own line of all-natural scrubs. My favorite is the Coco Mocha Twist, which is made with coffee grounds and a few other beneficial products. Coffee is packed with antioxidants and has anti-aging properties. It also brightens your complexion while reducing cellulite production and inflammation. Keep on reading for a little surprise at the end of this post (insert winky face).
Hydration is one of the most important aspects of skincare, especially in summer. Dehydration can take a huge toll on your skin, even if it appears oily. The best way to combat dehydrated skin? Water! The average woman is recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. As someone who dehydrates easily, I tend to aim for a gallon and a half. Infused water is my favorite way to make sure I drink my daily dose of H2o. My go-to recipe includes lemons, fresh grated ginger, and cucumbers. Your food choices can help keep you hydrated as well. Watermelons, tomatoes, cantaloupe, peaches, strawberries, and peppers all have high water content.
Another way to keep your skin quenched throughout the day is by using moisturizing products. If you wear foundation, you should apply a hydrating primer as your base. Milk Makeup’s Hydro Grip Primer is excellent, but it is a bit pricey (I recommend buying the travel size for half the price). Infused with vitamin B, aloe, and cannabis seed, this primer keeps your skin glowing. The NYX Hydra Touch Primer is a more affordable option and also works wonders!
By the end of the day, your skin as been through a lot: sweat, sunrays, and other environmental factors. Now, it’s time for some self-care! But first things first, you must wash your face. I like to use micellar water before washing (even without makeup), just to prevent clogged pores. Then wet my face and apply my simple Cetaphil face wash. When it comes to washing your face, it’s best to products with gentle formulas. You want to stay away from ingredients that will cause irritation or dry out your skin. The best way to get a deep clean is by washing with warm water for 60 seconds, and then rinsing with cold water.
After washing comes toner; I am obsessed with Thayer’s Aloe Rose Witch Hazel. When I first read about it, I thought it was all hype. Until I noticed that my skin was breaking out less, it truly works wonders. Witch hazel, aloe, and rose are great for reducing inflammation and soothing your skin.
The next part is completely optional, but 100% worth it. Like every girl who is obsessed with self-care, I love face masks! Aztec Healing Clay with a dash of apple cider vinegar is great for expelling toxins from the skin. I’m also a big fan of sheet masks! I was recently gifted a vitamin C enriched sheet mask and it left my skin glowing for almost a week. Now it’s time for me to let you in on my favorite summer skincare hack: keep your sheet masks in the fridge! Nothing feels better than putting on a nice cold mask after a long day in the heat. If you aren’t a fan of sheet masks, you can always cut a piece of refrigerated aloe, it feels amazing!
Remember, everyone’s skin is unique and what works for me may not work for you. The most important things that you should take away from this post: hydration, exfoliation, and moisturization (I tried to make it rhyme). I hope you all have a great summer, keep on glowing!
I am so grateful for the continued support that you guys show! This blog means a lot to me and I wouldn’t have been able to make it this far without you all. As a thank you, I am offering a free sample of my Coco Mocha Twist body scrub to the first two readers that can solve this question:
“What do Childish Gambino and Ferris Bueller have in common?”
Answer in the comments or DM me on Instagram (@itsnifahni).