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The hot summer sun can have many adverse effects on your skin; keep your skin happy and healthy all summer long with these tips!



One of the most important items to have on hand is SPF—and not just in the summer! The sun’s UV rays are more powerful than we believe. Whether it’s 90° F and sunny or overcast, your skin is still susceptible to sunburn and severe skin damage. Don’t forget to protect your scalp and lips as well! This awesome SPF 30 lip balm goes on smooth and will last all day long.



Cool down after a hot day with a cool shower. Not only will this help soothe any sunburn, but according to dermatologist Dr. Sadick, “a cool shower after excess sweating helps keep the skin unoccluded, decreasing acne breakouts.”



Try wearing a wide-brimmed hat to give your head and face some reprieve from the hot sun. Go for a lightweight option like this one to provide some shade and keep you cool at the same time.



Keep your skin happy with lots of According to Women’s Health Magazine, water “plumps up the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to get filled in…and it may also fend off breakouts by decreasing the concentration of oil on your skin.” Want to change it up a bit? Add a couple of slices of cucumber and lemon for a refreshing twist or try making a DIY cooling spray.



Sensitive skin? The dry season can be extra tough for anyone who has dealt with irritation from products with all kinds of scents, dyes, and unnecessary chemicals. Try switching to a gentle laundry detergent with all of the cleaning power but none of the irritants. This detergent is free of dyes, fragrances, enzymes, phosphates, chlorine, and more, and has been approved by the EPA’s Safer Choice Program.



Slough off all those dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin! According to Dr. Oz, long-term sun damage creates a thick layer of dead skin, making it look dull and leathery. Exfoliating regularly (once or twice per week) can help keep your skin looking and feeling great. Try creating your own gentle sugar scrub that will leave you with glowing, happy skin.



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