It’s summer, and you may want to spend as much time outdoors as you can, soaking up the sun. However, it’s important to keep yourself protected while you’re outside, as the sun’s rays can be seriously damaging to your skin.
The National Institute on Aging notes that sunlight is a major cause of wrinkles, dryness, and age spots. Sun damage isn’t just a cause for cosmetic concern. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer within their lifetime.
But don’t despair. There are several things you can do to keep your skin healthy in the summertime. Protect your skin from the havoc the sun can wreak by taking a few simple precautions. When it comes to sun protection, it’s important to stay consistent, as sun damage is something that occurs slowly over time.
Sunscreen is your first line of defense when it comes to skin protection. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30. Remember to reapply it every two hours, particularly if you’re swimming or spending time outdoors for extended periods. And don’t skimp: Use a teaspoon for your face and a shot-glass full amount for the rest of your body.
Your clothing is also important when it comes to sun protection. Wear fabrics with tighter weaves. Darker colors better absorb harmful UV rays, keeping them away from your skin. A hat with a wide brim protects your face as well.
What you eat and drink has an effect on your skin. Because of higher temperatures and increased activity in summer, make sure you’re well hydrated. For the healthiest summertime skin, drink plenty of water throughout the day. The Mayo Clinic reports that people need more than the commonly recommended 8 cups a day: aim for 11.5 cups for women, and 15.5 cups for men.
A good skin care routine
Because of increased sweating, exfoliate your skin to remove debris that can clog your pores and lead to blemishes. And, to keep your skin well-hydrated, be sure to moisturize after. Those with normal or combination skin (an oily T-zone but dry cheeks), should exfoliate two to three times a week, while those with sensitive skin should do so once a week.
Treating already damaged skin
Guarding your skin against the sun can save you from a lifetime of damage. These precautions are simple but quite effective at protecting your skin from permanent blemishes, wrinkles, and premature aging.
When it comes to treating skin that’s already sun-damaged, we have you covered there, too. At Lasting Impression Medical Aesthetics, we offer a variety of laser solutions to suit your unique skin profile. For the best in comprehensive, personalized skin care, call us or schedule an appointment right on our website today.