Spring & Summer Beauty Tips

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As the weather changes, so should your beauty routine. When the mercury rises, your body and skin reacts differently than it does in cold climates. A change is in order for your skin, makeup and hair to keep it healthy and looking fabulous. If you want to look great when the temperature rises, take note of these basic summer beauty tips to adjust yourself to a different climate and keep a youthful glow.

Change Your Skin Care Routine

Hot weather means more humidity and your skin will need less moisture than it does in the winter. Switch to a lighter moisturizer to keep your pores clear and you will be less likely to experience blemishes.

Keep your feet in top-notch shape by exfoliating to slough off dry skin and calluses. Moisturize to the max and treat yourself to a pedicure so that you can show off your feet in a pair of strappy sandals.

Drink More Water

Water is the trick to beautiful skin. Your body needs more water in the spring and summer to stay hydrated. Since you'll sweat more in hot weather, it's vital that you restore your fluids when exercising or simply being out and about in warmer temperatures. Always keep a bottle of water handy in your car so it's ready to go where you are.

Keep Your Tan in Check

A healthy tan is a myth. There is no such thing. Your goal should not be to get a suntan, but to protect your skin against the sun's dangerous UV rays so you don't age prematurely. Wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 on all exposed areas of your body when you're outdoors. Don't forget less obvious areas such as your lips, neck and the top of your hands where the sun can wreak havoc over time. You can still get a healthy looking tan without skin damage if you use sunless tanning lotion.

Exercise in Cooler Temperatures

If you have to do your walking or jogging outdoors, then doing it in the morning is beneficial because the temperatures haven't risen to day-time highs yet. If this means getting up a little earlier, then give it a try. You may find that a little time alone is good way to start the day.

Another alternative is to work-out indoors, where the temperature is controlled. Whether you do this at home or in a gym, use your own personal towel to keep your skin clean and dry.

Use Insect Repellant

Bugs and mosquitoes are common pests in the summer, particularly in the evening and early morning hours. When outdoors, especially camping and hiking, use bug repellant to avoid any irritating bites and bumps that go along with it. Sometimes it's not a pimple that sprouts on your face, but an insect bite!