Protecting and caring for the skin should be a part of health care regimens throughout the year. Such an approach can help people look their best and also uncover minor issues before they escalate into something bigger.
National Geographic says adults can carry eight pounds and 22 square feet of skin on their bodies. The skin protects a person from harmful chemicals, protects the body from temperature extremes, and prevents internal organs and other components from evaporating. The skin also protects against the harmful rays of the sun.
Skin care is not seasonal, although skin protection efforts may need to be stepped up during the summer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. In the summer, ultraviolet radiation levels are high and people often wear less clothes that expose their skin more. According to Dr. Ron Shelton, a certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, the bulk of sun damage to the skin occurs in the summer. These skin wellness tips can help protect the skin and keep it looking its best when the mercury rises.
Choose lightweight products for summer use. This includes cleansers, makeup, and oil cleansers. For example, rather than an oil cleanser, choose a gentle, foaming option. Thicker products mixed with increased sweat and humidity can lead to clogged pores and inflammation.
Lather on sunscreen
Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended to protect the skin from UV damage. But it’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen. However, using a lightweight moisturizer with built-in SPF reduces product use and time spent caring for the skin.
Use vitamin C serums
Hyperpigmentation can occur in the summer. According to Omer Ibrahim, a certified dermatologist and co-director of clinical research at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, vitamin C serum can improve the appearance of fine lines, help collagen production, and also prevent hyperpigmentation.
Drink more water
Higher temperatures and increased sweating can lead to dehydration. It can cause headaches, dry skin, and even dizziness. Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day.
Stay in the shade
In addition to using sunscreen every day, try to stay out of the sun as much as possible when UV rays are at their strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.