Summer Skincare 101

Tragically, and ironically, acquiring that “healthy-looking” tan is one of the unhealthiest things we can do to our skin. Any dermatologist worth their weight in retinoids will tell you that repeated exposure to UV-radiation causes those premature signs of aging - like wrinkles, sagging, brown spots, and uneven tone - and of course, deadly skin cancers like melanoma. In short, the summer tan is a short-term folly with serious, long-term consequences.

Discipline | That’s what it takes to ward off the sun’s exposure and resist the temptation to tan. It’s a daily, year-round commitment because you’re exposed even when you’re not outside; harmful UV rays come through windows in your office, home, or car. 

Offense is the Best Defense | You can thwart the sun’s damage by committing to daily sunscreen. According to, we should be using sunscreen even when it’s cloudy outside. 

Shady Character | Today’s tech fabrics mean that you can cover up without sweltering. The big outdoor brands all sell great sun-protective options, including Patagionia, Columbia, O’Neill, L.L. Bean and Lands End and smaller brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Athleta and Coolibar offer up sun protection with a little more flair. It’s not enough to just cover up; if you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through, too. 

Rock Your Inner Starlet | A wide-brim hat will protect your face, neck and ears and sunglasses with max UV absorption will make you look mysterious. 

Gentle Touch | According to the Mayo Clinic, summer is a time to be gentle with your routine - daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll, especially when it’s under the stress of sun exposure. Clark's Botanicals formulas are packed with high concentrations of skin-correcting vitamins and antioxidants which help to repair daily damage and replenish and rejuvenate dull, stressed skin.

From the Inside Out | Eating a breakfast or lunch rich in healthy fats and antioxidants will help protect your skin by engaging your own cells to fight off the day’s stress from inevitable sun exposure. Eating a rainbow of produce and Omega-3 fatty acids early in the day will help your skin form its own defense. 

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