The summer season brings a lot of fun times but it can also bring some challenges. One important challenge comes with taking care of your skin. Between more sun exposure, sweating, sunscreen and insect repellent (to name a few), your skin can be more vulnerable to different kinds of elements this time of year. It’s up to us to be proactive in taking care of our skin by educating ourselves on the best practices, products and ways we can have beautiful, clear skin this summer. Taking care of your skin now will help the condition as you age.
Top 10 Ways To Care For Your Skin This Summer
Summer means outdoor fun, pool days, theme parks, trips to the beach, barbecues, outdoor games, long walks and bicycle rides. The heat and the sun make it hard on your skin. For that reason, here is a comprehensive, easy to read checklist for you as you take care of your skin, and your family’s skin in the summer months!
- Sunscreen -It is imperative for you to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the uv rays of the sun. Make sure the sunscreen you choose has an spf of at least 30 and is broad spectrum. Stay in the shade whenever possible
- Moisturizer - During the summer you might want to switch to a dual purpose moisturizer, one that is lighter on your skin and has a sunscreen included. Your skin won't be as typically dry in the summer months as it is in the winter months so a heavy moisturizer isn’t necessary, and the added bonus of one with sunscreen included is a great idea
- Wash your face - It is absolutely necessary to wash your face everyday especially in the summer months where your skin care regimen is very important. You sweat more in the summer and you are applying sunscreen frequently and both can cause your pores to be filled with all kinds of dirt and unwanted particles and leave it feeling oily, so be sure to use a face wash that can tackle all the sweat, sunscreen and dirt, but not strip your face of all its natural moisture
- Diet - What you eat does affect the quality of your skin so make sure your summer diet includes healthy foods that are good for your skin and can make it glow. Foods like: avocados, walnuts, fish (salmon, herring, mackerel), broccoli, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, yellow and red peppers are all foods that are good for your body AND good for your skin
- Exercise - Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but did you know it’s also good for your skin? Exercise improves the circulation in your body and good circulation results in healthy, glowing skin
- Don’t take long showers or baths - Hot weather outside means sweating, sweating means more showers and baths. Keeping your showers or baths down to 4-5 minutes is ideal for the overall health of your skin. Too much time in the water can actually over-dry your skin, and that can lead to summertime eczema or skin inflammation
- Exfoliate from time to time - If you have oily skin you are encouraged to exfoliate a little more often than those with dry skin. Dermatologists recommend an exfoliation regime that includes alpha hydroxy acids, they are great for opening up pores that can become blocked, which is the most likely factor in causing acne
- Drink more water - Not only does your body need water to stay hydrated and to function properly, your skin needs it as well. Lack of water to your body affects your skin, leaving it dry and flaky. Water also helps flush out the toxins which can help to cause breakouts and acne. Watermelon and other kinds of summer melons and fruits, along with coconut water are other ways to keep you hydrated in the hot, summer months
- Avoid heavy makeup - The heat and humidity of summer can affect the way your skin is able to breathe. For that reason, it’s recommended that you not wear heavy makeup in the summer. Excess sweating can also cause your pores to clog and heavy makeup only adds to the problem
- Keep your yearly appointment with your dermatologist - It goes without saying that regular check ups with your doctor are an essential element in your health journey. Your skin is a big part of your body’s health and function, so naturally a yearly visit to your dermatologist is highly recommended. They can spot and see things that we can’t and they can also give you advice about the best skin routine and products for your skin
Enjoy The Summer!
Don’t let the threat of sunburn, acne breakouts or insect bites scare you away from enjoying all the fun and beauty that summer has to offer. Follow the simple steps of: wash your face everyday, wear sunscreen, use a good, dual purpose moisturizer, don’t forget to apply your insect repellent, and enjoy your time outdoors.Your summer skin can be your best skin, it’s worth the effort!
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