Winter is long past and that means that summer is quickly approaching. Summer’s approach likewise means that it is time to start concerning yourself with summer skin care tips. Each season has its own requirements, but it is best to get started early when it comes to more extreme seasons of summer and winter. Many likely already have summer plans for the skin and the time itself. This is good and means you’ll be able to make the most of the summer. You might want to consider checking your own preparations for summer against the tips in this article. These general guidelines will give anyone a good guide to caring for their skin over the summer, but you’ll want to talk to a dermatologist or use your own skin care knowledge to make them more personalized.
Yes, “fun in the sun” is the definition of summer for many of us. Limiting your exposure to the sun doesn’t mean you need to entirely give up on spending time out in the sun. It does mean that you’ll need to be better about regulating the time that you spend outside though. Every moment you’re outside is one that you skin is having to deal with UV rays and others issues that can hurt your skin. Instead, you should consider seeing how you can modify traditional summer activities to let you enjoy being outside without being constantly under the sun. A good way to do this is to invest in awnings and personal tents that can create shaded areas that you can enjoy food and company under no matter what the weather is. In turn, you’ll want to stay aware of the time you’re actually out in the sun when swimming, hiking, or enjoying another activity. Limiting the overall time is ideal, but you can buy yourself a little extra time too.
Sunscreen Never Stops Being Your Friend
Apply sunscreen fully and regularly. Remember that sunscreen needs to be applied thickly to get the most out of it. This entails applying a generous amount that streaks at first when you put it on. Keep rubbing the sunscreen in until the streaks fade away though. Thoroughly covering their skin is the single best thing that you can do for your skin. The best sunscreens are those that offer an SPF of 30 or higher. Higher SPFs are somewhat better, but there are distinct diminishing returns at ratings past 30. Additionally, make sure that your sunscreen is labeled for “broad spectrum” protection. This indicates that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Both are responsible for damaging your skin in different ways with UVA being among the most insidious as it is primarily responsible for photoaging. You should ideally find a physical block, but common chemical blockers can also be effective if you’re in a hurry.
Winter is notorious for leeching the moisture from your skin, but the truth is that there is plenty of concern surrounding moisture in summer as well. The constant beatings of the sun will cut through your skin’s natural barriers without even noticing. This loss makes any further damage that the sun does to your skin even worse as there is less left to protect your skin. So be generous with moisturizing during the summer. Moisturizing rejuvenates your skin and helps it maintain at natural firmness and glow. More importantly, the moisture helps maintain the natural barriers in your skin. This increases your skin’s overall resistance to sun damage. When combined with sunscreen, this should help prevent you from experiencing excessive sun damage or sunburn during the summer as long as you commit to limiting your exposure.
Taking care of your skin in the summer isn’t actually that difficult. It simply involves changing the priorities of some pieces of standard skin care. The best thing you can do is get started early though. Ensuring your skin’s natural moisture barriers are in place and that you’re regularly using and reapplying sunscreen will do wonders for your skin’s health. You should never forget your best option is just to avoid exposure, but no one wants to spend the summer indoors… so enjoy the sun responsibly.