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All-Time Summer Skin Care Tips

Nothing can prevent us from enjoying the sun and outdoor activities with family. Let us find out how these skin care summer tips can help.

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As the summer sun starts to shine, most of us will be doing more outdoor activities like swimming and tanning at the beach. However, exposure to the sun for a prolonged time can destroy your skin. The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself and your skin from the sun. And that is what we’re going to share today.

These skin care summer tips will help you shield your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun and continue to nourish your skin.

The key to summer beauty tips is helping you to look your best while protecting your skin and keeping it radiant glow for the whole year.

Wear sunscreen on a daily basis.

what is sunscreen?
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Yes, you read it right: every day. The rays of the sun are strongest from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. Even during cloudy days cannot obstruct UVA and UVB rays during the day. Hence, it is important that you apply sun protection every several hours, whether it’s raining or shining.

Cancer statistics are alarming these. The Skincare.org reports that there are 1 in 5 Americans can develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Skin cancer is a common type of cancer in the U.S.A. It is deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 76,665 individuals in the US are diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, where more than 9000 people died from melanomas of the skin.

But always remember that skin cancer can be prevented. The solution is easy and simple: sunscreen every day, or at least 30 minutes before you go outdoors. By doing this, you will be able to reduce your risk of melanoma in half.

What SPF should we choose?

Choose sunscreen sprays and lotions with high SPF ratings, or at least a sunscreen that gives you sun protection of at least 30 SPF.

SPF is an acronym that stands for Sun Protection Factor. It measures the ability of the sunscreen to protect your skin from UVB radiation. For example, if your unprotected skin begins burning after 10 minutes when you are outdoors, SPF 15 sunscreen will theoretically prevent your skin from reddening for 15 times longer, or for about 2.5 hours.

SPF 15 blocks 94% of the UVB sun rays, while SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays. SPF 45 blocks about 98% of the UVB sun rays. However, there is no sunscreen that can fully block all the UV rays. SPF of more than 50 offers the same amount of sun protection, therefore, do not waste time in finding a sunscreen with SPF 100. Mostly, these sunscreen products are misleading and do not offer better sun protection.

How much sunscreen should we apply?

Whatever sunscreen you have bought, apply it generously. According to the Skin Care Foundation, apply at least an ounce of sunscreen every 2 hours. If you need a practical measuring cup you can bring while on the go, just get a shot glass and fill it with sunscreen. It is the average amount of sunscreen you will be using for the day.

Other tips about sunscreen

  • Do not think that water-resistant sunscreens as waterproof. There is no such thing as sunscreen being waterproof or sweat-proof. Producers are not even allowed to declare that their sunscreen is waterproof. When a sunscreen product is labeled as water resistant, it means that it may last for about 40 to 80 minutes when introduced to water. It is recommended to re-apply more often if you will be in the water for a period of time.
  • Dermatologists may recommend reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours, but if you are active during the day or you are exposed to water, you will need to reapply your sunscreen more often.
  • Check your stock of sunscreen since expiration dates really matter. Once you have opened a sunscreen bottle, use it or it may become ineffective. If you notice your sunscreen is clumping, it means it is no longer useful, so throw it away.
  • Perspiration has the same effects as water exposure. If you are outdoors for hiking the trails or working in your garden and backyard, sunscreen may easily wear off. Apply another 2 ounces to keep your skin protected from the sun.
  • Sunscreen is a whole year round skin accessory, whether it’s summertime or cold season. You need to wear sunscreen every day all year round.

Be vigilant in using exfoliation.

exfoliation and skin
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Always remember: exfoliate but avoid overdoing it. Yes, it is important to remove those dead skin cells, but too much exfoliating during sunny days can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Just a bit of exfoliation will help remove that old skin for makeup application. Avoid rough scrubbing your face during summer days. Those harsh chemical peels and scrubs should be kept aside for the colder days when your skin is not exposed directly in the sunlight.

But if you are thinking of being outdoors more frequently during sunny days, or prolonged lying in the sun, hold off on the exfoliation.

Remember to moisturize.

moisturize your skin during summer
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When the temperature increases, many people neglect to apply moisturizer. This may be because some sunscreen may make your skin greasy and you may think you do not need moisturizer. Some individuals feel that moisturizer will make them feel more greasy and stickier during sunny days and clog up the pores.

Remember that lightweight, non-comedogenic sunscreens are formulated to give protection without clogging up pores. And if you see that your skin is dry during summer days, it may be your air conditioning unit that’s to be blamed. Cooling down the house is not doing the skin any favor. The artificially-dehumidified air can dry out the skin. When dry air sucks up moisture from your skin, those aging wrinkles and lines will be pronounced. It is, therefore, important to moisturize. Avoid skipping it.

Skin experts recommend that instead of thick and creamy moisturizer, get one with lightweight sunscreen formula that gives the moisture that you need without making your face feel greasy.

Shield those areas that are always missed.

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As you are applying sunscreen on your face, arms and legs, you may think everything in your body is protected from the sun. Have you thought of your lips, eyelids, scalp, ears? And the tops of your feet? Oh yes, they too need some protection and they are the body parts that are mostly forgotten.

Your lips are just as vulnerable to sunburn, but they do not get the protected that they need. Have you experienced cracked and peeling lips? Avoid this by applying sunscreen on your lips, or a lip balm with SPF.

When you apply face sunscreen on your face, there is the chance that you will miss applying it around the skin in your eyes for the feat that it may get into your eyes. But this leaves the skin on your eyelids susceptible to the damaging UV rays. The best way to shield your eyelids from the sun is through wearing sunglasses.

Nobody wants greasy hair, so we don’t apply sunscreen on the scalp. No matter how thick our hair may be, it cannot fully cover our head. This means that it does not take the sun protection it needs. Apply sunscreen on your hairline and always remember to wear hats to prevent burning the top of your head.

Also, make sure to apply sunscreen in your ears to shield the sensitive skin on your ears from burning. Imagine yourself with flaky ears…

Most of us apply sunscreen to our legs but missing the top of our feet. During the summertime when the sun is up and it calls for sandals and open-toed shoes, apply sunscreen to the top of your feet. The soles of your feet may be protected through a thick layer of dead skin, but the upper part of your feet needs some protection too.

Keep hydrated.

summer skin care tips: keep hydrated
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There is a way to take care of your skin during sunny days naturally.  It is simply by filling up your bottle with water and bring it with you while outdoors.

When a person gets a sunburn, his body will suffer from inside out. Sunburn can really dry up the skin and getting enough water can help avoid dehydration. Acute sunburn can result in vasodilation, a condition when blood vessels in the body dilate. This will cause your skin to lose water fast. The process can cause dehydration and fatigue, and worse – heat stroke. Drink plenty of water, especially after getting a sunburn and add electrolytes to restore your strength.

Water is so important to overall health, and most dermatologists believe that the right hydration can result in soft and clear skin. Make it your habit to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day and see the results yourself.

Using some cover-ups.

summer skin care tips: wear proper gear outdoors
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Whenever you are outdoors, make sure that you are covered up like umbrella at the beach, wide-brimmed hat to shield your scalp, face, and shoulders, breathable clothing to protect your body from UV rays, and shield your eyes from the bright rays of the sun. While sunglasses are known to make you look great, they can also protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes.

Apply safe shaving ways.

summer skin care tips: shave safely

 

As sunny days come, it is time for bikinis and one-piece gears. This means also that it is time for regular shaving regime. However, if you do not take precautions, shaving can result in razor burn, rash, and painful small cuts that damage your skin, especially on those sensitive spots.

With these summer beauty tips, we also share with you safe shaving tips for smooth and soft skin with those painful and red bumps.

  • Right timing – As soon as you go to the tub, avoid reaching for the razor right away. Wait until at least 2 to 3 minutes before start shaving. This will give your hair enough time to hydrate which makes it easier and softer to shave. Wash your hair and condition it first and then do your shaving routine.
  • Without ingrown hairs – Aside from ingrown hairs, small bumps can be hideous and painful. Ingrown hairs develop when the hair does not grow in the right direction and missing the follicle opening. They continue to develop below the surface of your skin. When the hair grows at the wrong angle, or when there is too much dead skin left in the pores, ingrown hairs tend to develop. You can prevent this by exfoliating. Gentle exfoliation helps get rid of dead skin cells and remove any existing ingrown hairs.
  • Prevent razor burn – Notice rash around your bikini line after shaving? That “rash” is known as razor burn. It begins as pinkish rash and turns into a clump of red, itchy bumps. You can prevent razor burn by getting new razors regularly. Choose razors with more blades. But if you still get razor burn, just wash the irritated areas with cold water. Avoid using alcohol-based products.
  • Apply shaving cream – Avoid dry-shaving. Pull razor across the skin with shaving cream. Shaving creams are made to help razors to slide over the skin without clogging it up. These creams also help you get a closer and softer shave. Also, it helps you notice those areas that you missed shaving.

Never ignore sun damage, treat it.

summer skin care tips: treat acne immediately

No matter what we do, the sun may leave behind a painful red burn. When you get a sunburn, never ignore it, but do your best to treat it. Treating sunburn right away can stop further damage to your skin. If you get a sunburn, help the skin repair itself quickly with the following tips:

  • Hide from the sun as soon as you notice a burn is developing. Most people stay under the damaging UV rays of the sun even if they notice that there is a trace of redness in the skin.
  • Calm your skin with aloe vera. Whether you get aloe vera gel from a local pharmacy or use the sap from a raw aloe vera leaves, it helps soothe your skin from sunburn.
  • A cold bath helps! Feel refreshed with a cold shower after a sunburn. However, the water that consistently running your burnt skin may cause irritation. We recommend that you fill your bathtub with cold water and toss some baking soda or ground oatmeal as your homemade sunburn remedy. This solution can also help your skin retain its moisture.
  • Apply a lot of lotion and moisturizer to help repair your sunburnt skin. This will also help prevent skin peeling and restore your skin’s health faster.
  • Take pain reliever if your skin feels tender that helps calm inflammation and reduces pain.
  • Avoid touching if blisters develop on your skin. If you peel off your burnt skin, it may leave a nasty permanent scar.
  • Always know when to seek professional help. Most sunburns can easily be treated at home. However, if you feel nauseous, fever or develop blisters on more than 20% of your body, seek help from your dermatologist – right away.

After a sunburn, be watchful for any changes on your skin. If you have moles or developing moles after being exposed to the sun, watch out any signs of melanoma, and see your dermatologist for a consultation.

Have you tried mineral makeup?

You can get a radiant summer skin without going out in the sun. Mineral makeup can be worn as a foundation or a setting powder giving you a smoother matte coverage that appears natural. Choosing the right mineral makeup products can supplement your sun protection endeavors.

Mineral makeup is formulated with naturally-occurring inorganic ingredients that reflect the UV radiation from the sun for extra protection when you are outdoors. The facial sunscreen from Elta MD is a lightweight, silky mineral-based face sunscreen. It helps calm and protect sensitive skin prone to acne, rosacea, and discoloration. For your kids, you can get the Simply Protect from Banana Boat. It is a non-greasy mineral-based sunscreen lotion helps protect your kids from the sun.

Our final notes,

summer skin care tips

A key to an effective skin care routine for clear and smooth skin is your commitment. We have provided with some easy summer tips to enjoy outdoor activities during summer days without worrying about nasty skin problems.

Summertime is a time to enjoy life outside with family and friends. But it may not be for your skin. So, make sure to follow some summer skin care tips for clear and smooth skin for the entire summer period.

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