Summer is fun time to most of us. But unfortunately our skins never feel the same way. The sunshine and heat can take their toll and it’s upon us to try to help our skin out. The sun plays a vital role in our mental and physical health. But a lifetime solar radiation and sun exposure cause visible signs of skin aging, wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. There are two types of ultraviolet rays from the sun. With the UVA rays being predominantly responsible for premature skin aging, while UVB rays cause sunburns. Keeping your skin happy and healthy all summer long is absolutely crucial, no matter your skin type.
Although a sunscreen is often given a first thought and the most important part of the care regimen, there are other remedies that can keep you going easy on the summer too. Supplement your sun care routine with photo-aging protection and antioxidants.
For the most complete sun skin care:
- Apply a water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen on your body at least 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure for the most protection against UVA and UVB. In addition, use a water resistant lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
Even on cloudy days, your skin is susceptible to the sun’s rays which are still hostile leading to discoloration, and the above skin issues. Don’t be lazy, wear a sunscreen all day, every day and all year around especially during summer when the days are longer and UV rays are stronger.
- Don’t miss out on the moisturizer
We tend to get oily and sweat more during the hot summer that sometimes we skip the moisturizer. This in fact only worsens the skin situation to dryness, irritation and stressing the skin without providing its nourishment. Even though it’s hot and sometimes you feel like a moisturizer is too heavy for your body, don’t forget to use it! It’s essential!
- Exfoliate in-depth.
Nasty skin breakouts get common during summer times. Cleanse all the dead skin cells, oil, sweat and the sunscreen that accumulates on your skin during the day. This can put all your breakout worries at bay.
- Quench like there’s no tomorrow.
Hydrated skin looks younger, glow! Staying hydrated is vital for your health and skin. Drinking as much water as possible can replace a sweaty mess with a healthy glow. More importantly, water helps your body to keep a normal temperature.
- Reduce sun contact.
Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun certainly between 10am and 4pm. This is when the sun rays are very intense. Practice the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun rays are at their strongest, and you should find shade. Enhance with a hat that shades your face, neck, and ears and a pair of sunglasses. If possible, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
For an appealing and pleasing skin, apply a suitable sunscreen, hydrate often, reduce sun exposure, moisturize and deeply cleanse!