The summertime can be great for your skin, as long as you protect yourself accordingly. In the winter, many individuals suffer from dry or flaking skin, which is often reversed come summertime. Nonetheless, sun damage is a major concern throughout the summer.
The most important recommendation for skincare in the summer is incorporating a broad-spectrum sunscreen into your everyday routine. There are two types of UV rays that come from the sun: UV-A and UV-B. While UV-B rays cause the average sunburn because they are only partially blocked by the ozone, UV-A rays target the under layer of the skin – also known as the epidermis.
Wearing sunscreen with SPF alone blocks UV-B rays and prevents sunburns, but it does not measure UV-A rays that cause skin damage under the surface. Rather than fight sun damage with just SPF-enhanced creams or sprays, you should opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen for full protection.
How to properly apply sunscreen for full coverage
- Opt for broad- spectrum, water-resistant sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher
- Prior to going outside, apply just one ounce of sunscreen. You should always wait at least 15 minutes before going outside so your skin has time to absorb the sunscreen properly. The average amount to cover the entire body is just one ounce, which will fill the palm of your hand.
- Cover face, chest, arms and legs – or any area exposed to the sun. Don’t forget about your scalp and lips, too. Rub or spray sunscreen into any balding areas. Lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 prevents damage and cracking.
- Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours so it doesn’t wear off. Also reapply after swimming or heavy sweating as necessary.
Many people skip the sunscreen when they crave a bronzed summer glow, but a broad-spectrum lotion will not prevent your ability to tan. In fact, you can achieve a healthy, tanned appearance without suffering from painful burns or skin damage. Don’t forget to check yourself for melanoma symptoms and signs regularly, regardless of how proactive you are with applying sunscreen.
Another culprit for poor skin in the summertime is dehydration. Keeping water intake high while the weather is hot will allow your skin the H20 it needs to thrive all summer long. The regular recommendation is 64 oz. per day, but intake might increase given the weather and the outdoor activities you plan to engage in, such as jogging or beach volleyball. While exercise and sweating, in general, is a great way to flush toxins out of the skin, you must replenish lost moisture and nutrients with water. Incorporating foods with high water content, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, celery and watermelon, is a great way to up your H20 intake without guzzling down plain or sparkling water all day.
Summertime skincare products
Obagi Skin Care and ZO Skin Health are two lines of products highly recommended by Dr. Busso. For many years, Obagi has been the leader in the world of skin care. Obaji’s sun shield matte broad spectrum SPF 50 is non-comedogenic and free of allergens. ZO Skin Health was developed by Dr. Zein Obagi, providing the same expertise as the name-branded line. All products must be provided by a dermatologist.
To book a consultation with Dr. Busso regarding sun damage and Obagi or ZO Skin Health products, contact us at (305) 857-0144 or make an appointment online.