8 Summer Skin Care Tips
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden
Do you feel that way about summer? Do you love all that summer brings with it? Abundant sunshine. Warm weather. Barbecues and picnics. Time at the beach or in the pool. It’s a great time to head outdoors.
And, while you may love being outside during the summer, you may find that your skin does not. In fact, summer can be quite damaging to your skin unless you take some precautions. Protect your skin this summer with these tips.
When it’s hot and sunny outside, it’s easy to become dehydrated. You always want to keep an eye on your hydration levels. You want to make sure you are drinking consistently throughout the day. Carrying a water bottle with you that can be easily refilled is always a good idea.
Have you looked at the selection of sunscreens lately? It can be quite overwhelming when you need to decide which is the best one for you. And while most doctors will recommend a wide-spectrum sunscreen that protects you from UVA and UVB rays, many doctors are more concerned with how you are using sunscreen.
Sunscreen should be applied 10-15 minutes before you head outside. You need to make sure you are hitting your entire body with sunscreen – including your ears, the back of your legs and other spots that may be hard to reach. Additionally, you should be reapplying every 2 hours – even with a long-lasting sunscreen. (You may need to reapply sooner than that if you are sweating or getting wet.) Finally, wear your sunscreen all the time – even on days when the sun isn’t out.
Shield Your Skin
If you can find additional ways to shield your skin while outdoors, do so. Large hats, lightweight layers of clothing, rash guards designed for the water, or simply sitting under an umbrella can help shield you from the sun’s damaging rays.
Protect Your Lips
You may not think about it, but your lips are extremely susceptible to damage from the sun. Find a lip balm with SPF to help this summer.
Stay Out of the Sun During Peak Hours
If you can avoid the sun during the peak hours of the day, you will help to protect your skin from sun damage. Seek shade between the hours of 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. whenever possible.
Get a Sunless Tan
Lots of people love the way they look with a tan. That golden bronzed look of summer that you think adds to a healthy look can actually be very damaging if you’re getting in from spending hours in the sun.
Don’t worry – you can still get that tan look with many of today’s sunless tanners. Today’s sunless tanners now create a more natural bronzed look that won’t have you looking orange or like you’re sporting a “fake tan.”
Moisturizing helps to increase your skin’s water content, helping to prevent dryness. While this is definitely something you need to do in the summer months, be sure to moisturize year-round to reap the maximum benefits.
Increase Your Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables
Summer is the perfect time to up your intake of fruits and vegetables. Not only do they have the best flavor at this time of year, but they contain many vitamins and minerals that can help repair and maintain your skin.
This summer enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer and protect your skin. Use these tips to keep your skin happy and healthy – after all, it’s the largest organ of your body.