Caring for Your Skin in the Summer
Summer is a time for bathing suits, shorts, sandals and sun. However, with all these things comes sun damage to your skin as well as other skin problems that come along with summer. You can’t completely avoid the outdoors but there are some things you can do to take care of your skin in the summer.
Sunscreen– Sunscreen is important for the health of your skin. You want to be sure you use a sunscreen with an SPF 20 or higher if you have light skin. It is important that you apply sunscreen to all areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun, even your lips. It should be applied about 20-30 minutes before you head out in the sun so that it has time to soak into your skin. If you will be swimming or sweating often, you want to apply sunscreen every couple of hours.
Water– It is important to keep your skin and your body hydrated during the summer. Besides drinking water, there are summer foods that are high in water such as berries, leafy greens and watermelon.
Exfoliator– You need to keep your skin clear, smooth and soft in the summer heat. To accomplish this, use an exfoliator on your skin each morning as part of your daily routine. Exfoliators are ideal for getting rid of dead skin cells and cleaning out the pores in your skin.
Sweat-Your physical fitness routine has many physical benefits that you are probably already aware of. However, sweating during these exercises is actually a beauty ritual too. When you sweat, loosens dirt in your pores and releases trace amounts of toxins. In addition, sweating gives your skin a healthy glow.
Sun Exposure– When you head outside, you should try and do so when the sun isn’t at its strongest. The most harmful sun rays are present between the hours of 10am and 4pm. So, if you have outdoor activities, try and plan them in the early morning or late afternoon and evening.
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