Warm, hot weather brings a slew of skincare-challenges like breakouts and sun damage. Taking care of your skin in the summer months or when vacationing in a hot destination is really important. Be good to your skin. You'll wear it every day for the rest of your life. Follow these skincare tips to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

SPF, SPF and more SPF! Research has shown that the sun’s UVA/UVB rays can cause damage to your skin in as little as 15 minutes. There’s no question that applying sunscreen often is the best way to protect your skin. Make sure you’re wearing daily a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF15. When exposed to the sun for longer periods of time, your sunscreen should contain SPF 30 or higher. Also, take other sun protective measures such as wearing a wide brim hat, covering up in light weight clothing, wearing sunglasses and seeking shade whenever possible.

Wear less makeup – When hot and sweaty, makeup can sometimes make you feel sticky or smudge and rub off as you wipe the sweat from your face. The best way to avoid this is to wear less of it. Too much makeup over sunscreen can often look cakey. Try wearing a tinted moisturizer over your sunscreen or one that contains at least SPF 15 and add some glow with a powdered bronzer. Only apply concealer where most needed and a great vibrant colour lipstick or gloss might be all you need to brighten up your face.

Exfoliate your face & body. Exfoliation is a missed-out skincare step for many. It is however highly recommended by beauty experts to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin, stimulate blood circulation, unclog pores and prevent acne. There are many ways to exfoliate. Exfoliating products usually contain a grainy-texture and are recommended to use once a week.  Try an exfoliating face wash at night and an exfoliating body wash in the shower or bath to increase your skins radiance.

Hydrate your body We all know the importance of hydrating the body with drinking plenty of fluids and high-water content foods. However, it is just as important to hydrate your body with moisturizing it daily, especially after a shower or bath. Moisturizing everyday can reduce the chance of developing dryness, oiliness and skin problems. Look for a moisturizer that contains natural ingredients like jojoba oil, and aloe and free from harsh chemicals. Aim to use a light moisturizer every morning and a heavier one at night. 


Written by Alyssa Rolnick, Co-Founder of Zax’s Original Products, Registered Dietitian and Mother of 3 active kids.