Summer Skin Care: Here’s All That You Need to Know
It’s not surprising that failing to take the right steps regarding skin care can do a lot of harm in the long run. Irrespective of the season, be it summer or winter, you need to take the necessary steps to keep your skin fresh while protecting it from UV rays.
Unfortunately, not many people know how to go about taking care of their skin. This is an even bigger problem during summers when the sun does much more than leaving a tan. For this reason, here are a few things to keep in mind for summer skin care.
Exfoliate your Skin
The process involves getting rid of dulling or dead skin cells. And the purpose of doing so is to prevent clogging of pores and to improve hydration from moisturizers and toners.
Perhaps the best possible time to exfoliate your skin is in the morning. This exfoliation needs to be done before you apply any kind of moisturizer or toner, and makeup.
Once you are done exfoliating your skin, you can now proceed to your daily skin care routine. Do not forget to apply hydrating cream to keep the moisture in place. Moreover, remember to shield your exfoliated skin by using an SPF. Take note that a mild exfoliation is only needed everyday. Excessive scrubbing might do more harm to your skin.
If you stay outdoors, it is best for you to hydrate yourself more often. The last thing you want is to suffer from internal dehydration unless you much prefer dealing with dizzy spells and headaches.
So what can you do to stay optimally hydrated? The solution is simple – have no less than 8-eight ounces glasses of water. It has to be filtered water, without which you can’t expect to maintain the moisture levels of your body, let alone your skin.
If you consume a lot of caffeinated drinks, you will need to triple the amount of water you are supposed to be having. Remember, too much of caffeinated drinks can cause dehydration (caffeine is a diuretic!).
Always Apply Sunscreen
Enough emphasis cannot be placed on the fact you will need to apply sunscreen. This needs to be practiced religiously, and without fail; since studies have indicated that people do not apply as much sunscreen as they should be using on a daily basis.
When it comes to applying the sunscreen, a teaspoon of it should be sufficient for your face. As for your body, the amount applied needs to be enough to fill a shot glass. Applying it once will never be enough, which is why you will need to re-apply sunscreen after every two hours. You need to reapply sunscreen frequently if you sweat too much or your skin comes in contact with water.
Since you have a lot of variety to choose from when it comes to the right sunscreen, get one that best fits your description. You have the option to choose from sunscreen with chemical free formulas, mattifying formulas, oil-free, and extra emollient creams and lotions formulated specifically for dry skin.
Deal with Over-exposed Skin Generously
If in case you forgot to apply sunscreen, you are not out for the count just yet. There is still time for you to take the necessary steps to prevent further damage.
The damage may be done, but there is no reason why you should let it cause you pain. Fortunately, you can rely on cooling gels and soothing botanicals to reduce skin inflammation, redness, and peeling.
While applying the balm of your choosing, apply generously to the over-exposed skin, and do so as soon as you see a pink glow.
Consult a Dermatologist to repair Sun Damage
Remember, UV rays from the sun can cause the formation of brown spots on your skin. If that is not enough, it can even cause wrinkles and fine lines. The damage only gets worse thereon in.
No matter the extent of the damage, it is imperative for you to consult a dermatologist immediately to treat a sunburn. If you can’t visit a healthcare facility, schedule an online ‘telemedicine’ appointment. If you aren’t already getting examined, make it a point to have yourself checked by a dermatologist at least once every year.
Natural Remedies are the Way to Go
Never underestimate natural remedies and their capabilities. There are items in your kitchen that can do wonders for your skin, so why not take advantage of them?
You can use tomatoes and lemons to soothe your skin during summers. It is as simple as squeezing tomatoes and lemons into ice-trays and using the ice cubes as a gentle scrub. Once applied, let the juice dry on your skin. Once dried, you can peel it off.
Pay Close Attention to your Eyes and Lips
Since the sun’s rays are harshest between 12 to 4 PM during summers, do not go out around these times. If you do, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, and apply a balm to protect your lips.
The skin around your eyes and lips is more sensitive than you can imagine, which is why you should give them the attention they need to avoid burns and whatnot.
Many people assume their skin cannot get dry during the summers, but they are mistaken. You can prevent this from happening by sticking to the basics i.e. cleaning, toning and moisturizing at night before you sleep.
As long as you take the aforementioned tips into account, and take them seriously, it is highly unlikely you will have skin related issues at all. Just make sure you examine yourself and visit a dermatologist to be on the safe side.
James Crook is a passionate blogger who loves to write on health and fitness related topics. Currently, he is a working as a blogger for a Physical Fitness Dr Wilson shoulder Surgeon. Follow @jamescrook911 for more updates.