This summer, the heat is on to keep your skin looking cool. During summertime, the heat, humidity, and sunlight may have you worrying about how to protect your skin while still enjoying beach trips and backyard barbecues. Here, we offer a few tips to help you maximize your summer skin care.
1. Maintain a Cleansing and Moisturizing Routine
We know you’re already doing this, but it bears repeating: Wash your face twice a day. During the summer months, your skin produces more oil and sweat, which can build up on your face to clog pores and cause excess shine. Use gentle, water-based cleansers in the morning and evening to remove dirt, oil, and sweat, and reduce the amount of shine.
Continue to moisturize daily as well. During winter, you may have been moisturizing with thick, heavy creams or jellies that sealed in hydration during months when the air was cold and dry. Now that your skin is retaining more moisture in higher humidity conditions, switch over to a lighter, water-based moisturizer that won’t feel heavy or greasy.
2. Apply Sunscreen Every Day
The most important skin care product during summer is your sunscreen. While you should be using sunscreen every day of the year, it’s especially important to stay vigilant during summertime, when you likely spend more time outside in direct sunlight. To make your morning routine more efficient, find a great moisturizer that includes sunscreen. For any sunscreen you apply, choose one that is broad-spectrum, SPF 15 (at minimum), and water-resistant. Re-apply it every two hours, especially if you are spending time outdoors or in water.
Photoaging is the term used to describe skin aging caused by ultraviolet radiation. Over time, exposure to UV rays causes skin to form wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, age spots, and dryness. UV radiation hinders collagen production, which causes skin to sag and look slack. This damage results in a prematurely aged appearance.
3. Protect Your Eyes, Lips, and Scalp
Your eyes, lips, and scalp can all be damaged by ultraviolet radiation, just like every other area of skin on your body. The skin around your eyes is thin, delicate, and one of the first places to show signs of aging like wrinkles and squint lines. During the summer, wear wide, wrap-around sunglasses with UV ray protection to shield this vulnerable area from sun damage. The sun doesn’t just affect the skin around your eyes – left unprotected, your retinas and lenses can become sunburned. Over time, sun damage to your eyes can cause cataracts and macular degeneration.
Your lips and scalp need protection too. During the day, wear a hydrating lip balm with added SPF to keep your lips soft and protected. If you are spending time outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat and apply sunscreen in your part to keep your scalp from burning.
4. Steer Clear of the Tanning Bed
You may think your summer look depends on having a deep, golden tan to show off at beach bonfire and during wedding season. But the truth is, there is no safe way to tan. A tan – whether it comes from natural sunlight, a tanning bed, or a sunlamp – means your skin has been damaged. And skin damage is directly linked to the development of skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the United States.
If a bronze glow is necessary to complete your summer vibe, consider sunless tanning. Sunless tanning is a safe way to achieve a temporary tan, and here at Ageless Allure Medispa, we can deliver the perfect tan using our natural, organic, and hypo-allergenic solution.
5. Control Acne Breakouts
Unfortunately, summertime conditions are ideal for face and body acne to fester and emerge. Higher humidity causes your skin to produce more oil, which can lead to acne breakouts. You’re also in contact with more irritants, like sweat, and chlorine from swimming pools. During summer, you can use over-the-counter acne-fighting spot treatments, body washes, and face masks to control unexpected outbreaks. Look for products containing alpha-hydroxy acids and salicylic acid to exfoliate your skin and unclog pores.
Wearing a lot of makeup that mixes with sweat and oil when it’s hot out can also contribute to acne breakouts by clogging your pores. Summer is a time to live free and easy – consider cutting back on a full face of makeup and letting your skin do the same.
This summer, give your skin a little love with a facial or sunless tanning treatment from Ageless Allure Medispa. For more information about the services we offer, visit our website or contact us today.