Summer brings great weather, long weekends, exciting vacations and lots of terrific outdoor activities we all enjoy, but the intense sun’s rays during the summer months are rough on the skin. There’s perspiration, dehydration, dangerous UVA and UVB rays, all of which can wreak havoc on your skin.
While it’s important to protect your skin year-round, you want to be especially careful during summer. Bearing that in mind, let’s talk about how to protect your skin from the sun. Your skin will thank you for it.
Below we’ll outline how to protect your skin from the sun during the summer.
Always Wear SPF
This might be a no brainer, but it’s worth emphasizing: you need to be using an SPF during the summer months, the time of the year when the sun’s rays are the most intense. What might not be so obvious, however, is that using an SPF is necessary not only when you’re headed to the beach, the pool, or the company softball game, but anytime you head outdoors for a significant period of time. Whether you’re walking to the grocery store or driving your car with the sun penetrating your windshield, it’s important use an SPF lotion.
Sun protection not only keeps our skin hydrated, it protects it by filtering out dangerous UVA and UVB rays. Use a minimum of an SPF 15, though an SPF 30 or higher is recommended.
If you use SPF regularly, you can stave off sunspots, wrinkles, even skin cancer, keep you and your skin healthy for years to come.
One of the most important ways to protect your skin from the sun during the summer is from the inside out. Summer and the intense sun’s rays during summer months bring perspiration, excessive showering and greater physical exertion due to all the activities.
Experts recommend a minimum of eight glasses of water a day, but if you are someone who likes physical activity during these hot months, you and your skin will need a lot more than eight glasses of fluid a day.
A good moisturizer applied on a daily basis can help you prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles over time, but can be especially important to apply during the summer in order to stave off sun damage. Oil-free, fragrance-free and alcohol-free moisturizers are inexpensive, easily found at most stores, and are suitable for all skin types. Most cosmetic brands now carry daily moisturizers which also contain SPF—but if that SPF is under 15, consider using an additional SPF if you plan to be in the sun.
The intensity of the sun’s rays during the summer months, the increased perspiration—especially on your forehead—and the summer activities that can lead to excess dryness in our skin, such as swimming in chlorinated pools, all call for extra moisturizing during the summer.
If you do experience a sunburn on your skin, and in particular on your face, cover up with a brimmed hat and use extra moisturizer to heal the skin faster.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but wearing clothes that cover the exposed parts of your body is an important way to protect your skin from the sun—especially if you’re choosing not to wear SPF lotion regularly.
Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts made from cooler fabrics, such as cotton, to keep the skin on your arms and legs covered up. Wear hats with wide brims to shield the sun from your face, forehead, and neck. Don’t let your toes, feet, and ankles fry! Avoid flip flops, and instead, wear shoes and socks that keep your vulnerable areas out of the harmful rays of the sun.
Last but not least, remember that sunglasses are not only fashionable, but crucial to the health of your eyes! Sport some shades and keep those peepers well protected during the summer.
Want to know another great secret for how to protect your skin from the sun during the summer? Exfoliation! Usremove dead skin cells, unclog pores and can make skin look instantly rejuvenated. With all the wear and tear that summer brings to our skin – salt water, UVA and UVB rays, the wearing of additional products like sunblock – our pores can get clogged and blackheads and acne can result.
If you are prone to acne and breakouts, consider using a natural microdermabrasion with salicylic acid. This will not only reduce the appearance of acne scars, it will decrease breakouts and help give your skin a healthy, glowing appearance. The microdermabrasion crystals gently exfoliate, smooth away rough patches of uneven skin cells and deep clean pores.
You should also consider our microdermabrasion scrub with vitamin C. It exfoliates, revitalizes and can instantly boost your skin’s radiance. It contains powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental damage and will slough away dead skin cells that cause uneven and rough skin texture.