The sunshine, heat, and humidity that comes with summer mean that you do a lot of things differently than you do during the cold, short, dark days of winter. Just as you are not going to wear a heavy parka while on a pleasant summer walk or open your windows on a freezing January morning, you are not going to want to treat your skin the way you do during other seasons.
Summer’s conditions require extra attention and vigilance if you want to keep your skin healthy and prevent lasting damage. As this summer kicks into full swing, keep these five crucial skin care tips in mind:
The hot summer sun can damage our skin in several ways, including depriving it of the moisture it needs. When our skin cells are dehydrated, they don’t work properly, which can lead to drying, flaking, and overall skin tightness. After a while, prolonged periods of dryness cause wrinkling that you could otherwise avoid. Nutritionists and doctors recommend that we drink at least 64-oz – or 8 glasses – of water per day. If you spend a lot of time in the sunshine or exercise frequently, you may need even more water.
- Be Generous With Your Moisturizer
Along with ample water, a good moisturizer can keep your skin sufficiently hydrated. Apply a heavy body lotion or cream all over your whole body. If you have skin sensitivities such as rosacea or body acne, make sure your moisturizer is fragrance-free. For your face, neck, and chest, apply an anti-aging heavy moisturizer that hydrates and fights wrinkles and lines. Body oils can also help promote skin hydration but should be avoided on areas prone to breakouts or inflammation.
- Don’t Forget Your Lips
Your lips are equally, if not more vulnerable to the same dangers and damage – like sunburn and skin cancer – that befall unprotected skin elsewhere on your body. That is because the protective top layer of cells on your lips is much thinner than the top layer of your skin. Since your lower lip likely protrudes a bit, it has the disadvantage of facing directly upward into the sun’s harmful rays.
Lots of lipsticks and balms contain sunscreen and are specially formulated to protect lips from UV rays. You can find a good list and evaluation of almost 40 SPF lip balms here.
- Beat Back The Oil
Summer heat can cause a significant uptick in oil production, leaving you with a shiny, unattractive complexion made worse by makeup, moisturizers, or sunscreen that seem to start melting off of your face seconds after walking into summer’s heat and humidity. To keep this oil in check, use a mild cleanser at least twice a day to gently wash your face. Applying a deep cleansing face mask at least once a week can keep your pores clear and reduce that unwanted summer shine as well.
- Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
Of course, no summer skin care regimen is complete without generous, regular, and proper use of sunscreen. For full ultraviolet protection against all of the sun’s damaging rays, we recommend Blue Lizard Sunscreen products from Australia.
No matter what the season, Dr. Mariano Busso can help you keep your skin hydrated and healthy. For more information on summer skin care or to book your next cosmetic dermatology appointment in Miami, contact us at 305-857-0144.