The Lazy Girl's Guide To Beautiful Summer Skin

Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Summer brings on a jam-packed schedule of barbecues, vacations, and of course, time at the beach and pool. The season is embraced as a time to relax and be carefree, but it's also a time where damage to the skin is at its worst thanks to the increased exposure to the sun and its harmful UVA/UVB rays. To truly make the most of the precious days of summer, I have a few helpful shortcuts to keep skin healthy and glowing just for you lazy girls.
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.

SPF Reapplication Made Easy
By now, most people are disciplined about applying SPF moisturizer first thing in the morning, but reapplying every few hours (especially when outdoors) does require some effort. Plus, if you should happen to have makeup on, this can make it a real inconvenience to have to retouch. The easiest way to reapply sunscreen is to use a travel-friendly SPF-based mineral powder because they have built-in sunscreen, and with a few quick brush strokes, you can protect your skin from the sun without the extra hassles. Just dust on and you’re all set.
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Cleanse & Exfoliate In One Simple Step
It is important to exfoliate year-round to rid your skin of surface dry cells that lead to dull, clogged skin. But, using a facial scrub the recommended two to times a week is one extra step in your routine that you just might skip out on. What people may not realize is that most facial scrubs are formulated with cleansing agents, so you can cleanse and scrub in one 30-second step. Try a scrub with mint for the perfect cooling, pick-me-up! And, be sure to find one that is gentle and doesn’t contain abrasive particles like nuts or shells.
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Combat Aging From Inside And Out
Preventing skin aging is a top concern for many, and antioxidants are key in doing this. Applying topical antioxidants like a vitamin C serum can help brighten skin, prevent aging, and neutralize free radicals. But, with all the fresh produce in the summer, you can also fight aging from the inside out. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are loaded with antioxidants that help slow down the aging process and protect skin from summer UV damage. Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruits are full of vitamin C, which will also give skin a healthy glow. To quench thirst, fresh fruit waters are a great way to kill two birds with one stone. While these delicious snacks won’t replace a product like your sunscreen, they can help play a hand in fighting the damaging effects of the sun.
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Prevent Eye Puffiness With One Simple Step
Under-eye puffiness can result from several things such as eating salty foods and lack of sleep. It is merely an improper drainage of fluids around the eyes. Instead of having to worry about applying another product, prop an extra pillow under your head before sleeping to prevent morning under-eye puffiness. Elevating your head will encourage drainage to keep swollen eyes away. However, if you do wake up with a little puffiness or if you skimped on sleep, apply an eye cream that contains haloxyl or licorice extract to minimize the puffiness and dark circles.
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Use An At-Home Peel When A Facial Is Overdue
To help fight the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays and exfoliate dull skin away, regular facials are important during the summer months. Facials can be time-consuming and costly, so try an at-home peel that is loaded with antioxidants. Leave it on the skin for about 10 minutes, remove and apply a hydrating moisturizer. Skin will feel refreshed and smooth.
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Hydrate Skin, The Easy Way
After applying your alcohol-free toner, leave it damp on the skin and then apply your moisturizer. By leaving toner wet, you can forgo using a skin serum on lazy days because your toner will drench your skin cells in moisture to give a boost of needed hydration. Alcohol-free toners are an essential part of a basic skin care routine and should always be used after cleansing.

Now, with these tips you don’t have to stress over a skincare routine this summer. Instead, you can keep skin healthy while enjoying the sunny days to their fullest.