With the arrival of summer, it's time to take extra care of your skin to keep it healthy and protected from the sun's harmful rays. "As the temperature rises and we spend more time enjoying outdoor activities, it's essential to adjust your skincare routine accordingly," advises Morgan J. McCarty, DO, Dermatology at ARC Round Rock. "Take steps to keep your skin as healthy as possible to maximize your fun this summer."
Eight tips to protect your skin this summer:
1. Use sunscreen
Sunscreen is your best defense against sun damage. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, regardless of the weather. Be sure to cover all exposed areas of your body, including your face, neck, and hands. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you're spending extended periods outdoors or swimming.
2. Wear sun-protective clothes
In addition to sunscreen, wearing sun-protective clothing can provide an extra layer of defense against harmful UV rays. Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with UV protection are also crucial to shield your face and eyes from the sun.
3. Exfoliate to limit breakouts
During the summer, sweat and excess oil production can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and prevent acne.
4. Wash your face properly
Proper cleansing is vital for healthy summer skin. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, sweat, and sunscreen residue.
5. Drink more water
Staying hydrated is crucial for overall health. It also directly impacts your skin's appearance. Drinking an adequate amount of water helps flush out toxins and keeps your skin moisturized from within.
6. Limit your sugar intake
While it's tempting to indulge in ice creams and sugary treats during the summer, excessive sugar consumption can negatively affect your skin. High sugar intake can lead to inflammation and break down collagen, resulting in premature aging and dull-looking skin.
7. Use makeup with SPF
Look for foundations, tinted moisturizers, or powders that offer sun protection through SPF. But keep in mind that makeup alone is not a substitute for sunscreen, so always layer with sunscreen underneath for optimal protection.
8. Limit your tanning time
Prolonged exposure to the sun can have severe consequences for your skin's health. UV radiation can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and increase the risk of skin cancer.
9. Treat sunburns quickly
Despite our best efforts, sunburns can still happen. If you experience a sunburn, act promptly to alleviate discomfort and prevent further damage. Take cool baths or apply cold compresses to soothe the affected area. Moisturize your skin with aloe vera gel or a gentle lotion to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. If the sunburn is severe or accompanied by blistering, seek medical attention.
When to see a dermatologist
"Remember, a dermatologist's training and knowledge are invaluable when it comes to diagnosing and treating various skin conditions," says Dr. McCarty. "Your skin deserves the best care, and a dermatologist can provide the guidance and treatment necessary to keep it healthy, radiant, and protected throughout the summer and beyond."
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