Summer is here, and we all want to go outside. While frolicking and experiencing the jovialities of summer, it is important to take care of your skin, as this is when your skin is most vulnerable. The beautiful sun of South Florida beckons us all, sohere are few tips to keep your skin healthy and looking good.
All life comes from water, and water is your friend. We recommend drinking at least 64 ounces of water over the course of the day, as it is vital to maintain moisture in your body and skin. If you drink caffeinated beverages, you should triple the amount of water you drink.
- Apply, and then reapply, sunscreen
Sunscreen is critical, not only for your tan but for the vitality of your skin. Apply sunscreen, and make sure to do it again every two hours. People often overestimate how long their sunscreen will protect them for.
- Protect you lips
Winter is thought to be the worst month for your lips, but summer can be awfully harsh on your pout, too. There is sunscreen specifically for your lips, which will keep your smile well maintained.
- You are what you eat
Be sure to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Antioxidants and protein promote collagen growth, which prevents wrinkles in the long term and keeps skin elastic in the short term.
- Exfoliate from bottom to top
Exfoliating is good for your skin all year round, but is especially important in summer. If you have had anything waxed, exfoliating is a necessity as it prevents ingrown hairs. It also removes dead skin, which can clog your pores and prevents maximum hydration.
- Avoid the midday sun
Chances are, you are not a cowboy or cowgirl destined to duel at high noon. Ultraviolet rays are at their most severe when the sun is directly overhead, so postpone your tanning session until later in the afternoon, if you haven’t done it early in the morning.
- Wear a hat
Hats often complete outfits, and they can also complete your skin care routine. Headwear shields your eyes and your face from the worst of the sun’s rays.
- Face the day with pride
Guaranteeing the health and beauty of every inch of your skin is imperative, but your moneymaker is the part of you that is noticed most often. Be mindful of it. Wash it often, and take great pains to apply, and reapply, sunscreen to your face. Washing it with hot water dehydrates the skin of your face, and be cautious of cleansers with too much soap, alcohol, or detergents since they can alter the pH balance of your skin.
- Even when you aren’t sure, wear sunscreen
Most people think that cloudy days indicate the fact that they don’t have to wear sunscreen. The sun’s UV rays pierce any cloud cover with ease, and even if you don’t get burned you can still experience harmful effects. Likewise, apply sunscreen even if you are swimming, as harmful rays can go through water as well.
- Don’t skimp on sleep
Sleeping has many wonderful restorative effects on the body. Lack of sleep induces stress hormones, which in turn slows the production of collagen in the skin.
If you want to know more about ensuring the attractiveness and health of your skin, consult an expert. At Elias Dermatology, we want to help make your skin salubrious and radiant.