Bananarama once said it’s a “cruel summer.” While many of us enjoy the hot weather outdoors, the idea of a cruel summer can definitely become a reality when it comes to our skin. Consider the following six tips to achieve and maintain a healthysummer skincare summer glow.

1. Use sunscreen every day.

Apply a sunscreen of an SPF 30 or higher. To minimize your routine, consider choosing a foundation with a sunscreen. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or whenever you towel dry.

2. Clean and moisturize daily.

Cleansing your skin every day gets rid of excess oil and dirt. Skipping cleansing may also increase a buildup of dead skin cells. Try our Botanical Cleanser for a non-drying, fresh-feeling cleanse with a hint of invigorating Lavender and Chamomile essential oils. Make sure to apply moisturizer to maintain proper hydration balance. Choose from two popular LaVigne moisturizers, DMAE Firming Cream or Plump & Firm. Read this FAQ for a comparison of the two.

3. Common mistake: Don’t forget to exfoliate!

Exfoliate 1-2 times weekly to maintain smooth skin, reduce dry flaky patches and help makeup apply more evenly. Have you tried LaVigne’s latest new product, “Illuminating Facial Polish“?

4.  Shave properly. 

Summertime equates to more exposed skin. During the cooler months, you may have neglected shaving your legs regularly, so it is important to establish a safe routine before getting started again. Investing in a quality razor and lotion will save your skin from cuts and ingrown hairs. For a close, smooth shave, exfoliate your legs with the Glo Salt Scrub first and follow with our Affirm Body Lotion.

5. Use self-tanners with care.

Self-tanners are certainly better than tanning outdoors, but you certainly don’t want to scare anyone with orange streaks. Gradual self-tanning products work best, and they tend to look most natural when applied every other day. (Make sure you exfoliate your skin before use!)

6. Don’t forget your feet.

Your feet go through a lot during the summer months. It’s no wonder many of us end up with dry, cracked feet by summer’s end. Exfoliate your feet at least once a week and apply deep moisturizing cream every night before bed. LaVigne solutions are Glo Salt Scrub for exfoliation, followed by Mayan Magic healing balm as a deep, saturating and softening balm.