The skin is the body’s largest organ – moreover, it protects our vital organs and it also gives us our appearance, this is why our skin is worthy of all our time, attention and effort. Nonetheless, the skin needs a lot more care during the hot summer days, when it is prone to sunburns and dehydration. As you may have noticed already, the skin is not as glowing and as beautiful during summer as it is during winter.
One of the dangers of exposing yourself to sun during summer is premature aging – the UV rays damage the skin, causes wrinkles and interferes with the production of collages. In other words, this means that your face is more wrinkled and less firm.
Here are several useful tips on how to take care of skin in summer:
1. Always Use Sunscreen
This is by far one of the most important aspects you need to consider. If you want to have a healthy, young and beautiful skin then you must avoid sunbathing at any cost. Wear sunscreen and apply it even to the skin patches that are not directly exposed to sun, 30 minutes before you go out.
Make sure you choose the correct type of sunscreen for you, as there is a wide range of such products on the market. The lighter your skin color, the higher the SPF. Basically, the SPF determines the efficacy of the sunscreen, and the creams range anywhere between 5 to 50. Also, if you go anywhere near the beach and you plan to swim then opt for water-resistant sunscreens and reapply the cream whenever you get out of the body. The lips must be protected as well, and there are several products and lip balms that are exclusively created for the protection of your lips.
2. Choose The Correct Protective Clothing
Make sure to wear long, protective clothing and to avoid direct sun exposure between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun shines the brightest. Do not neglect sunglasses as well, because your eyes must be protected against UVA/UVB rays, too! This way, you will limit the side effects of sun on your body and lower the risk of skin cancer as well.
However, make sure to opt for dark-colored protective clothing, as white clothing will allow the UV rays to penetrate through them and reach your skin. You need to wear protective clothing even if you stay in the shade – one of the most common misconceptions is that the sun cannot do any harm if you stay under a tree or an umbrella. It does and it can cause sunburns even like that, as the UV rays go through almost any type of material.
3. Keep Your Body Hydrated
You are prone to dehydration during summer, this is why you must drink plenty of water (at least eight 8-oz glasses of water per day) and you must keep your skin moisturized as well. During summer, your skin requires more water than during any other season – and so does your body, keeping in mind that you lose precious salts and nutrients whenever you sweat.
4. Change Your Diet
Taking care of your skin during the summer involves more than just taking care of the “outer shell”, the change must start from inside you. Having said that, it is essential to change your diet and to increase your intake of fish oil and other foods that are rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for your body to process the calcium and absorb it properly. Besides, a healthy diet is reflected by a healthy, beautiful and glowing skin.
You do not need to increase your Vitamin D intake if you sunbathe, as the sun rays stimulate the natural production of Vitamin D – but if you do not, then you do have to boost the Vitamin D levels in your body, either with supplements or naturally, with high-quality foods.
5. Exfoliate Your Skin And Keep It Cool
Last, but not least, it is essential to exfoliate your skin during summer in order to improve blood flow and to remove dead skin cells. After exfoliation, apply a hydrating face mask and a moisturizer, or you can opt for a mixture that will cool your face: blend yogurt with cucumber, apply it to your face and wait for a quarter of an hour. Your face will be hydrated, cool, protected and it will look better than never!