Helpful Skin Tips for Summer
Now, you can beat the summer tan and flaunt your short dresses and tank tops in style without the fear of getting tanned by following these few simple skin tips for summer.
Never without your sunscreen
The first and foremost thing that should be listed in your summer skin care list is a good sunscreen from a reliable company with SPF of 40 or above. Applying sunscreen creams and lotions on the skin before going out into the sun helps in protecting the skin from the harsh UV-A and UV-B rays of the sun. The sunscreen lotion should be applied at least 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Specially formulated sun protection skin should be applied by people who like to spend time in the sun or swim regularly. It helps in preventing sunburn and formation of rashes and blisters. The creams should be re-applied every 20 minutes because it can be washed away with swimming and water activities.
Make water your best friend
Keep yourself hydrated at all times by drinking at least 15 to 20 glasses of water throughout the day. This also helps in preventing skin dryness and keeping the skin moisturized.
Stay out of the sun between the hours of 11am and 3pm
The hottest part of the day during the summer is the most damaging time. Don’t stay out in the sun for long periods of time around the hottest hours; the longer you’re outside, the longer your skin is exposed to the radiation. Get your exercise and activities done in the earlier, cooler hours, or in the later, cooler hours of the day.
Rinse skin after swimming
This is especially important when you’ve been swimming in chlorinated environments as the chlorine can dry out your skin and for some people it can even result in an allergic reaction. Besides, it’s a lot nicer to smell neutral rather than of chlorine!
Avoid spraying perfume on your skin in the sun.
The psoralen in perfume (especially in citrus perfumes) can permanently stain your skin when they react with the sun. During the summertime, it is recommended that you spritz your clothes with your fragrance rather than your skin.
Eat healthy foods.
A healthy skin comes from eating well and summer is the ideal time to make dietary changes for the better. Cut down on sugar and refined processed foods which create unbalanced blood sugar levels and therefore contribute to premature aging. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, in salads, steamed, raw, or as part of a recipe dish. Choose from the rainbow of fruit and vegetable colours to ensure that you’re getting all the antioxidants and nutrients your skin needs. A diet rich in flavonoids will help to ensure a healthy and glowing skin. And include whole grains in your daily diet too, including the ancient grains.
- Note that there are many concerns about a lack of vitamin Ddue to wearing too much sunscreen and not getting enough sun time. Use your common sense and don’t stand in the sun when it’s at its most damaging but allow yourself a little sun time each day. It’s important not to overdo anything!
- Sun beds can be dangerous and can damage your skin as the rays on a sun bed are much stronger than the sun at midday.
- See your doctor if you have anyconcerns about the condition of your skin after being in the sun. It is better to be reassured than to be shocked by an ignored skin problem turning out to be untreatable.
- If you have sensitive skin, the sun itself may be a trigger for skin problems, as well as sunscreens, fragrances, cosmetics, etc. It is recommended that you boost your immune system with a multi-vitamin if going on vacation and you have sensitive skin, as you’ll be exposed to different foods, sun levels, water, temperatures, and chemicals in the new environment.