Warm sand, hot sun and cool breezes feel fabulous but can wreak havoc on your skin, which is why it is so important to take extra care of yourself. From personal experience, I have found the summer to be even harsher on my skin than the winter months – especially on my feet! Running around in flip flops and chasing toddlers through the sand isn’t the best combination for your tootsies; they can quickly turn quite dry if you don’t take care of them.
I have a bit of a weakness for beauty products and love to test the latest and greatest in skincare, bath and beauty. These are some of my ultimate mom ‘must-haves’ for the summer season.
Slather on The Sunscreen
Tans are gorgeous and darker skin is something many of us moms try to attain in the warmer months, but sadly, the sun is good for you in moderation only and can cause skin damage and in excess can increase your chances of skin cancer. As much as I worship the sun, I slather the sunscreen on myself as well as my children. Forget the SPF 15 and opt for something that provides a minimum of SPF 35 (SPF 50 is even better).
If you want a little color, try using a self-tanner or gradual tanning lotion to give your skin a little glow. It’s much healthier and safer for your skin!
Cool showers feel fabulous and can perk up your mood on hot sweltering days, but don’t forget to exfoliate! Loofahs, body scrubs or pumice stones are great for getting rid of dry skin on your feet and/or body. Just be sure to use them with a non-drying soap or cleanser. Well polished skin tends to absorb moisturizer more efficiently.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Whether you are expecting a baby or have already given birth, a good, rich moisturizer is your best friend in the summer season. Basq is a brand that I have loved for several years now, using their products throughout my second and third pregnancies. Their It’s a Small World Body Butter is made from all-natural ingredients and comes in a thick, rich butter that moms-to-be can use to improve the elasticity of their growing belly and everyone else can use to moisturize their parched skin. The great thing about this butter is that it can also be used safely on infants and babies.
Give Your Locks a Little Love
Don’t forget about your hair! Chlorine, salt water and the sun can dry out your locks, causing split ends and fly-aways. I like to use a hair mask every 2 weeks or so to put the moisture back in my hair and to help fight against the elements. Two additional solutions: hair oil or an extra rich conditioning treatment.
Freshly painted toes are adorable in sandals and a pedicure can go a long way for one’s overall well being (especially when you are pregnant!). Bright Corals, Soft Pinks, Candy Reds and Turquoise shades are super hot this summer. I’m really digging the new Vintage Minnie Mouse Collection by OPI. They are fabulous for mother-daughter manicures too ;).
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