7 Basic Skin Care tips for Summer
While a solid skin care routine is important all year round, as we enter into the summer months, it becomes even more important to be sure you are protecting your skin from the sun, but also keeping it healthy.
According to skincancer.org, more than 9500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Early detection in skin cancer is important. If you have a history of skin cancer in your family, be sure to get checked at least annually. Skin cancer can affect all ages and races.
We went in search of some of the best time-tested skin care practices and have compiled them here.
1. DRINK MORE WATER
One of the most overlooked ways to keep your skin healthy is also one of the most overlooked. When we get busy during the day, we neglect to drink water. This can dehydrate not only your body, but your skin as well. Aim for 8 glasses of water daily to keep skin hydrated.
Fun fact: did you know drinking water can help you recover from a sunburn faster?
2. DON’T FORGE THE SPF
If you’re like most people, you can still hear your mom preaching to you about wearing sunscreen. Usually it’s best to use an SPF of 30 on all areas. You will also need to reapply ever couple hours. Depending on your skin type, you may need to add it to your daily skin care routine for your face.
Pro tip: don’t forget your ears, hands, feet and lips as these can also get burned.
3. PROTECT YOUR HAIR/SCALP
Sensitive skin along your hairline may get burned easily. Using a spray along your hairline and in your part usually works better for absorption than a cream. These areas can easily get burned, so if you aren’t using any sunscreen, be sure to wear a hat.
4. DON’T TAKE HOT SHOWERS
While you don’t need to take a cold shower, lessening the heat level may help keep your skin hydrated. Hot showers will further de-hydrate you after a long day in the sun.
Bonus tip: This can also help reduce breakouts.
5. DON’T ITCH BUG BITES
During the summer, we tend to get bit by more bugs, which can lead to itching. Don’t give in to the temptation to scratch away. Using an anti-itch cream can help save your skin from becoming even more dry and irritated.
6. FEED YOUR FACE
You can do this not only through foods such as melon, but you can also by eating berries as well. There’s even evidence that eating berries can help your skin act as additional SPF.
Pro tip: Berries can also be used topically on your face for added benefits.
**do not use if allergic
As you get deeper into summer, your skin will want to be exfoliated. Get that dead skin off your face with a scrub or create your own with sugar. Use this on elbows, knees and heels to help keep your skin smooth.
As mentioned above, early detection for skin cancer greatly increases your chances of beating it. For more information on skin care, contact a dermatologist in your area for a check-up.