Summer is just around the corner, which means high humidity and more time in the blazing sun. As nice as it is to spend more time outdoors, the increase in summer temperatures along with the humidity can have a poor effect on the health of your skin. It’s common for many people to look forward to being able to add a little color and brightness to their skin during the summer through tanning.
Unfortunately, the UV rays of the sun can also increase the risk of skin cancer and sunburned skin. Also, the heat will cause the pores in your skin to open up, which can get clogged with oil and dirt. The good news is, it’s possible to enjoy the warm days of summer and keep your skin healthy. Here are a few tips on how to take care of your skin this summer.
If you regularly worry about your skin showing signs of aging, you are not alone. About 28% of women under the age of 25, 42% of women aged 25 to 34, and 54% of women that are between the ages of 35-44 worry about their skin showing signs of aging.
One of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of skin showing signs of aging is to stay hydrated. Not only will drinking plenty of water help cool your body temperature down, but it also keeps your skin soft and supple. Remember to take a bottle or two of water with you when outdoors, especially if you will be exercising or participating in strenuous activities.
Your skin is like a sponge; it absorbs a wide range of unhealthy bacteria from the environment. Exfoliating your skin at least once each week will help to remove the dust, debris, and toxins that have been absorbed each time you were outdoors. Don’t stop by just exfoliating your face; your entire body can benefit from exfoliating. Just make sure to use a gentle exfoliator. For instance, you can make a homemade exfoliator of coffee grounds, coconut oil, and sea salt to gently remove excess oil and dirt from your skin and leave it feeling smoother and softer.
Whether you are spending time indoors or on a camping trip, it is essential that you eat a healthy diet including fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that about 78% of people camping cook their meals outdoors, and although cooking on an open fire often adds a wonderful flavor to meats, it’s also a great way to add flavor to vegetables. So, instead of relying on traditional camping foods, such as hamburgers and hot dogs, consider roasting a few vegetables over the fire and finish the meal off with fresh, seasonal fruits, such as watermelon and strawberries.
Sunscreen can be your best friend any time of the year, but especially during the summer. The UV rays of the sun can be extremely harmful to your skin by causing age spots, wrinkles, premature aging, and fine lines. In 2016 alone, about 27% of people in the U.S. made a visit to a local urgent care within the last two years – and you don’t want to be the next patient due to severe sunburns or sun poisoning!
A good sunscreen, particularly one with an SPF between 30 and 50, is critical for protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun. Apply a layer to all exposed areas of skin before going outdoors, and reapply about every two hours while outdoors to ensure your skin is fully protected.
Keep in mind that your skin changes with each season. So, as the seasons change from winter to summer, it’s time to also change your skincare routine and products. For summer, it’s important to choose products that aren’t as heavy as the ones you use during the winter months. Make sure to use a face wash that will help remove excess oil from your skin and follow up with a lighter moisturizer.