Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy Throughout the Summer
Now that it is July, the heat that often comes with the summer months is in full force with temperatures in North York often climbing to the 30-degree mark, and above. Although it is fun to lay out in the sun, read a book, swim at the lake, or lay by the pool, you name it, the sun can also have a negative effect, often impacting the skin. Here are some excellent tips in order to help keep your skin looking and feeling healthy throughout the summer months, and to help soothe those painful and dreaded sunburns.
- 1 Wear Sunscreen
- 2 Don’t ignore your lips
- 3 Avoid tanning beds
- 4 Make sure to wash your face morning and night
- 5 Also, moisturize your face both morning and night
- 6 Exfoliate the skin at least once a week (this includes both the face and body)
- 7 Make sure you’re getting enough sleep
- 8 Make sure you’re drinking enough water
- 9 Other sun protection measures you should consider taking
- While this tip may seem repetitive and obvious, it is often forgotten by many who soon will wish they hadn’t.
- In order to avoid burns, people should be applying sunscreen if they are going to be outside even if it is a cloudy or overcast day (or even in winter, sunscreen is always important).
- And preferably, people should be reapplying their sunscreen every 90 minutes.
Don’t ignore your lips
- Often, people tend to skip over their lips when they think about sun protection. Nonetheless, if you’ve ever had a sunburn on your lips then you know how painful it can be.
- To prevent sunburnt lips, and to keep your lips from being chapped which is also painful, make sure to regularly apply a Chapstick or lip balm that has SPF in it.
Avoid tanning beds
- Some people may think that going to tanning beds to get a ‘base layer’ is a good idea before they get outside and face the real sun, but this may not be the best idea. According to skincancer.org, the harm caused by UV radiation can result in premature skin aging, in addition to skin cancer.
- According to skincancer.org, “people who first use a tanning bedbefore age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.”
- Instead of tanning beds, other options include self-tanning lotions and towels, however, people who opt for these choices should still be looking at the labels and examining for non-toxic ingredients (some ingredients to avoid include, synthetic perfumes, and methylparaben)
Make sure to wash your face morning and night
- This will remove unwanted oils, dirt, and makeup etc. from the face and leave the skin feeling clean, healthy, and refreshed (as mentioned above, make sure to be checking the labels of skin cleansing products for safe and non-toxic ingredients).
Also, moisturize your face both morning and night
- Again, this will leave your face feeling clean, refreshed, and also hydrated (pro tip: if you get sunburnt on your face, choose a face moisturizer that contains Aloe Vera to help soothe the skin).
Exfoliate the skin at least once a week (this includes both the face and body)
- Exfoliating the skin will help to remove dead skin cells, and reduce excess oil, the chance of clogged pores, and acne, leaving the skin feeling and looking smooth, healthy, and rejuvenated.
- The concept of exfoliating may seem daunting for those with sensitive skin if this is the case scout out exfoliators that are more natural and softer.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep
- Not getting enough sleep can result in increased stress hormones which in turn could result in the decrease of collagen – the key structural protein found in skin and additional connective tissues – production in the skin concluding in the skin appearing worn and fatigued due to a loss of elasticity.
Make sure you’re drinking enough water
- This will not only keep your skin hydrated but also your whole body as well since the body responds differently when in the heat, according to Extension and Outreach.
Other sun protection measures you should consider taking
- Limiting time in the sun.
- Bring umbrellas when you’re going to be in the sun for longer time periods.
- Wearing a hat.
- Wearing sunglasses.
- Wearing longer clothing when necessary.
Throughout the summer, if you do end up with a sunburn at some point and don’t know how to soothe it, here are some tips and tricks for easing the burn and sting.
In addition to the other resources mentioned above, some of these tips are from Women’s Health Magazine.
- Rinse off with a cool shower.
- Soothe the burn with a location that contains Aloe Vera.
- Make sure to be drinking extra water.
- Take some time away from the sun.
- Wear loose clothing since tighter clothing can make you more likely to peel.
With all this information, it’ll be hard to not to have a comfortable, fun, and safe summer in the sun. So, with all these sun tips, tricks, and precautions to take all that’s left to do is enjoy yourself and the summer season because before we know it it’ll be winter again and we’ll be wishing we had this warmer weather back.
If you’re looking for more ways past these tips to get your skin and body ready for the summer season, Dr. Dishani, of Dr. Dishani Cosmetic Clinic is your go-to person.
Dr. Dishani, of Dr. Dishani Cosmetic Clinic in North York, is a licensed professional and is clinically certified to practice Vampire Facial Treatments, Vampire Facelift Treatments, Botox and Filler skin treatments in addition to PRP injections.
To find out how Dr. Dishani can get your skin and body looking and feeling summer ready visit her website for more information and to book your consultation.
Visit the Dr. Dishani Cosmetic Clinic website.