refreshed summer skin

The summer season means humidity is here. And while most of us are at home beating the heat, we still want to keep cool. Hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract, aloe, caffeine and coconut water are safe ingredients to lather with this summer for an instant cooling effect, says Dr. Stacy Chimento dermatologist of Riverchase Dermatology.

But there are ingredients to avoid, too. In fact, some of the ingredients that give the skin a cool feel can be detrimental to sensitive skin. Many of these include menthol, peppermint and eucalyptus. "They can trigger contact dermatitis, exacerbate dryness, cause itchiness and inflammation," says Chimento. "If you are not sure of the ingredients of cooling skin care products, or how you will react to them, it's best to be conservative and cool your skin with a washcloth that's been chilled in the refrigerator or some ice cubes covered in a washcloth and run them over your skin being careful not to linger on one area for too long."

Here are skin care tips to keep you looking and feeling refreshed this summer according to dermatologists Dr. Hadley King of Skinney Medspa and Dr. Stacy Chimento:

Go light

"Just as we shed players of clothes in the summer, lighten up your skincare routine too," says Chimento. "The heat and humidity of summer means you can swap out a heavier cleanser in favor of a gentle, foaming option."

Cleanse according to your skin type

"If your skin is dry, you may prefer to continue to use the same creamy cleanser you used during the colder months to prevent your skin from drying," says King. "If your skin is oily then you may want a cleanser with a more foaming formulation. And if your skin is very oily and prone to clogged pores then a salicylic acid cleanser may be particularly helpful in the summer."

Try vitamins

"Vitamins should go on your skin, too," says Chimento. "Vitamin C is a good choice for your skin in the summer because it's a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C blocks the effects of something called tyrosinase—an enzyme that's responsible for melanin production in the skin."

Stay hydrated

Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration by replacing fluids lost through sweating, which helps to regulate body temperature, says King.

Try SPF powders

"Powder SPF products (like Brush on Block) are great because they serve two purposes: they allow you to easily reapply spf during the day and over makeup, and they help to absorb excess oil," says King.

Exfoliate early + often

"Don't forget to exfoliate your feet, hands and legs," says Chimento. "These parts of our body get dry and flaky from the summer sun and sand."

Ready to take on the summer heat? Try these products to refresh + cool your skin:

Osmotics blue copper 5 cooling moisture mist

Osmotics blue copper 5 cooling moisture mist

This cooling facial spray restores your natural skin balance and relieves overheated, stressed-out skin, says Chimento. To keep your face hydrated, mist liberally.


Volition celery green cream

Volition celery green cream

The lightweight, gel-like formula loaded with hyaluronic acid that melts into your skin. Use for extra hydration or when you need a quick refresh.


Skinceuticals physical fusion UV defense SPF 50

Skinceuticals physical fusion UV defense SPF 50

This groundbreaking, weightless, 100% physical sunscreen provides water-resistant broad-spectrum protection with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, says Chimento. It's also enhanced with artemia salina and it increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress.


Peach & Lily cold brew eye recovery stick

Peach & Lily cold brew eye recovery stick

This product delivers the cooling and hydrating effects of an eye mask, but in a portable stick, says Chimento.


Lano minty foot + leg balm

Lano minty foot + leg balm

This balm transforms dried out and tired legs and feet to soft, refreshed ones with lanolin and peppermint.


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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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