Summer is almost here! And because warm and sunny days usually means we’re spending a lot more time outside, we have to take extra care of our skin. Heat and sunshine can do significant damage to our skin if we’re not careful — and can even lead to long-term damage in some cases. So to help you keep your skin hydrated, clear, and healthy all summer long, we’ve put together a few tips for you to try out.
First off, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. Hydration is important all year long, but especially during hot summer days. Most people make the mistake of thinking moisturizing is only needed during winter, when our skin tends to be a bit more dry. But this is not the case at all. In fact, extreme heat in the summer can cause dehydration and make your skin drier than ever. So, it’s important to use a non-oily moisturizer daily to keep your skin healthy.
And speaking of hydration, you better drink your water! Unfortunately, many people severely underestimate the importance of drinking enough water. When you’re outside in the heat, dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, and even faintness. And not only can not drinking enough water make you feel “blah”, it can make your skin look and feel poor too. So instead of grabbing sugary drinks, opt for some nice, refreshing water and plenty of fresh fruits to keep yourself hydrated.
It’s also important to be aware of external dangers summer can bring for your skin. Sunburn, heat rash, and poison ivy, which 85% of people are allergic to, can all be dreadful to experience. So when you’re spending time outside, it’s crucial to be aware of your surroundings. If you’re going to be in the sun always make sure you’re wearing sunscreen. Sunburn not only hurts, but it can increase your risk of skin cancer. And if you’re going in any wooded areas, watch out for dangers like poison ivy. Sunburn and rashes can suddenly appear and can sometimes escalate pretty quickly. So if you have any concerns about a skin condition, make sure you visit an urgent care center, which about three million patients visit each week.
And last but not least, it’s important to exfoliate your skin. With extra dry skin, you make experience a buildup of dead skin on your face, which can clog pores and prevent hydration. So before you wash your face and apply sunscreen, exfoliate to help seal in moisture and keep your skin feeling and looking fresh.
While we’re all excited to get outside and get some sun, it’s important to protect your skin first. So by following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a fun summer with fabulous skin.