The summer months can really be a pain for your skin, and if you spend a lot of time in the sun you could be causing irreversible damage to more than just your top layer of skin. When it comes to the summer, you want to get more time in the outdoors, but you need to do it smart.
Don’t ever just go to spend some time outdoors without taking a few steps to protect your skin. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and even though it’s constantly shedding, it’s still important to take care of it.
Never leave the house without sunscreen on, whether or not you are sensitive to the sun. Sunscreen will help keep your skin looking more youthful, and it will help protect you from developing skin cancer. People who have gotten bad sunburns in their youth are more likely to get skin cancer as adults.
Picking the right sunscreen isn’t difficult. The higher SPF the longer the protection. Just remember that both sweating and swimming can rinse it off, so reapply often if you’re spending a lot of time in the outdoors.
Wear A Hat
If you have a head full of hair, it can be difficult to put sunscreen up there, but your head is still greatly exposed to the dangerous rays of the sun. The way to protect your head is to make sure that you wear a hat when you’ll be spending an excessive time in the outdoors.
Just stop tanning. Some people say a tan gives them a “healthy glow,” when in fact, pale skin is the one with a healthy glow. Even tanning in tanning beds is causing damage to your skin, and still puts you at risk for skin cancer. Learn to love the skin you’re in.
Tanning lotions offer no protection from the skin cancer causing rays of the sun. Plus, if you spend a lot of time tanning, as you get older your skin gets leathery looking, because it’s losing all of it’s elasticity, and you are cooking it!
Be Sure To Moisturize
Another summertime concern, especially if you spend a lot of time in chlorinated pools, is dry skin. You may think dry skin is more of a winter thing, but bleach can dry you out. One way to help avoid painful dry skin is to make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
But,you also need to help your skin from the outside as well. That means using a good moisturizer of some kind to replenish the natural oils in your skin. Your skin will stay smoother and softer, and will look better for the whole summer as well.