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5 skin care tips for women this summer

We're midway through the summer, which means your skin has had plenty of time to deal with the sun's harmful UV rays. If it hasn't been holding up well, you need some help, and we're here to provide it.

Keeping your skin well-protected and silky-smooth all year is tough, especially when it's taken a beaten from the harmful sun. It's crucial that you don't neglect it, even if you haven't done much to protect it thus far. Here are five skin care tips for women.

"If you're going outside wear sunscreen."

1. Protect your skin
First and foremost, if you're going outside, even for a few minutes, wear sunscreen, the proper clothing and wrap-around sunglasses. For sunscreen, make sure it not only offers outstanding UVB protection, but also shields your skin from damaging UVA rays, which penetrate deep beneath the surface and cause aging. For clothing, wear light colors (to protect from overheating) that also reflects rays. Finally, sunglasses should cover your entire eye.

2. Wear lip protection
Many women love wearing lip gloss or lipstick, but you need to remember not to skimp on wearing the correct beauty product types for your summer activities. Always apply lip gloss, lip balm or lipstick that offers SPF protection.

3. Keep hydrated
Staying hydrated won't protect your skin from the sun, but it will help reverse or slow down the signs of aging. The amount of water you drink depends on your daily routine. If you like to exercise, Mayo Clinic suggested adding an additional 1.5 to 2.5 cups of water to the already 1.5 liters of water or more that you should be drinking each day. Of course, this depends on the situation. For example, Mayo Clinic noted that it's necessary to drink more water in harsh environments, alongside intense exercise or in reaction to health conditions that may drain your body fluids more rapidly.

The main thing to keep in mind is to drink frequently and to do so until you don't feel thirsty.

4. Use moisturizer …
… but not just any moisturizer! Make sure the products used are high in antioxidants like Vitamin C and E and can protect your skin from the sun. SheKnows suggested moisturizing daily (after showering and before bed), especially if you like to take hot showers, which will damage your body.

"Exfoliating removes dead surface skin cells."

5. Exfoliate
If you like to regularly go to the beach, make exfoliating part of your daily regimen. Exfoliating removes dead surface skin cells that block a moisturizer's nutrients from reaching your skin. There are two types of exfoliants, according to Renee Rouleau: chemical and physical. While a bit different, both rejuvenate your skin.

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