How to Care for Your Skin in the Summer

Believe it or not, your skin is the largest organ on (or in!) your body. As summer nears and temperatures rise, it’s vital to take precautionary measures to protect your skin from harm and damage. 

We all know we should wear sunscreen, right? Overexposure to UVB rays can cause sunburn which plays a major role in increased risk for developing skin cancer. UVA rays, on the other hand, contribute to sagging, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity over time. 

Sunscreen works by forming a physical barrier between your skin and UV radiation. Make sure when selecting a sunscreen you choose one that offers “broad spectrum” protection, as those protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens should be at least SPF 30. Sunscreens with an SPF below 15 may protect against sunburn, but not skin cancer or aging. If you plan to spend time in the water, be sure to select a water resistant sunscreen and reapply at least every two hours or sooner. 

No sunscreen will protect you completely, so be sure to take other precautionary measures when spending time in the sun, such as wearing protective clothing or seeking shade. Wearing a wide brimmed hat can help protect your face, while sunglasses help protect the skin around your eyes. You may even choose to carry a parasol to protect yourself from overexposure to the sun’s rays. 

In hot weather you may find you’re more prone to breakouts as you may sweat more than usual. Avoid touching your face – this will only make matters worse! Develop a skin care regimen that works for your skin type, and avoid foods that cause oily skin or breakouts.

Dryness is another issue people run into in the summer sun. Increase your water intake to replenish and hydrate your skin when you’re sweating. Use a moisturizer and/or serum to rehydrate your face and keep you looking fresh all summer long. 


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