In all corners of the country, signs of summer have been popping up. Whether summer has just peeked its head through the clouds a few times or has been going strong for several weeks where you live, it’s time to think about sun protection and summer skincare for the months ahead.
Sun protection is key year-round, but we all know that it’s especially important in the summer. The hot days, beach picnics, and outdoor sports can wreak havoc on skin. Skin cancer is a very real concern, since UVA and UVB rays from the sun can cause skin abnormalities that sometimes develop into forms of cancer. Beyond that, the sun causes the skin to develop brown spots, wrinkling, and a dull complexion prematurely.
Who wants skin cancer and premature aging? No one! That’s why it’s so important to follow these summer skincare tips for protecting your skin.
Just about everyone knows how important it is to wear sunscreen. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about when, how much, and what kind to use. Here’s what you need to know.
First, let’s take a look at what kind of sunscreen you should be buying. When it comes to sunscreens, it doesn’t really matter what brand or kind you buy, as long as it protects you from a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB rays, is water-resistant, and offers 30 SPF or higher. While it’s always best to choose skin products that use natural ingredients, the main goal of sunscreen should always be to protect your skin from harmful rays. Dermatologists recommend mineral-based “physical” sunblocks because they are more natural.
Many people don’t put on sunscreen when or how they should. It’s best to put sunscreen on when you’re not wearing clothes, because it’s easier to miss spots on your skin when you’re working around clothing or a bathing suit. Putting your sunscreen on before you get dressed has another benefit as well: it ensures the sunscreen has 15-20 minutes to absorb before you go outside.
Be sure to use enough sunscreen at each application—1 ounce is the standard recommendation—and reapply every couple of hours. Don’t forget—if you’re popping in and out to do errands, driving, or sitting by a window, that sun exposure can add up, even if you’re not spending a lot of time outside. It’s important to use sunscreen anytime your skin is exposed to sunlight.
Finally, because more people are aware of how important it is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis, we’re starting to see more products with sunscreens already worked into the formula. Body lotion, facial moisturizer, and makeup all sometimes contain sunscreens already, which can make it a lot easier to protect yourself from the sun.
Invest in UV Blocking Clothing
Your clothing is another line of defense against harmful UV rays. Regular clothing does its part, but investing in clothes that specifically block UV rays can be a good investment for your outdoor activities. Athletic wear will often specify an SPF level that can add another layer of protection to your skin.
Don’t forget the power of hats and sunglasses! The delicate eye area and the skin of your scalp need protection from hot summer days. A brimmed hat can both protect your head and give your neck and face some shade, helping to prevent sun damage.
Avoid the Afternoon
Yes, the late afternoon is prime pool time, but if you can avoid going outside when the sun is strongest, your skin will thank you. Why not swim in the morning, have a long lunch and take a nap during the hottest part of the day instead? If you do need to go out in the afternoon, make sure to really slather the sunscreen on and reapply regularly.
Keep Up with Summer Skincare
In addition to protecting your skin from the sun, it’s important to keep up with your regular summer skincare routines. Salt water, chlorine, and other irritants can dry out your skin, leaving it even more susceptible to damage. Make sure that you’re not just protecting your skin, you’re nourishing it. Natural skincare products like the Iridesse line can help keep your skin soft and hydrated throughout the summer.
Consider Professional Rejuvenation
If you skin is looking parched, dull, and aged, then it might be time to get help from a professional. There are so many non-invasive, skin refreshing treatments that can give your skin a youthful glow. Sweep away the signs of sun damage with a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing, and get a fresh start.
The team at Hillelson-Whipple Clinic in Richmond, VA, offers a wide range of powerful skincare solutions. They can help you hit “reset” on your skin without disrupting your busy life. For more information about cosmetic treatments at Hillelson-Whipple Clinic with Dr. Ruth Hillelson and her team, call 804.290.0060 today to schedule a consultation.