We all love the summer. But during the season that we spend more time outdoors, it is important to take extra precautions when it comes to our skin. Follow these tips to ensure your skin makes it through the harsh summer months from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon:
1) Exfoliate your skin:
By exfoliating, this gets rid of the dryness and dull appearance from the winter.
2) Wear a hat:
Doing this helps protect your skin even more from the summer sun.
3) Wear Sunscreen!
This is the most important summer skin tip I can give you. Sunscreen is vital in protecting your skin. Check out my tips on choosing the right sunscreen.
Make sure your sunscreen has 30 SPF, reapply it every 2 hours (more is you are swimming or sweating), apply it 30 minutes before you go outside and make sure you aren’t using old sunscreen!
4) Sensitive skin? Cover it up!
Patients who have sensitive skin that tends to burn easily should wear clothing that covers skin exposed to the sun. Example: long sleeve shirts and pants (don’t forget a hat!).
5) Hydrate your skin with a lighter lotion than you would use during the winter.
6) Use sunless tanners and avoid tanning beds.
7) Use water based moisturizers:
Use them more often in dry weather.
8) Use emollients:
Emollients are important during extremely dry weather. They work by increasing the ability of the skin to hold water, providing the skin with a layer of oil to prevent water loss and lubricating the skin.
9) Protect your feet:
Use a foot scrub and a file in the shower once or twice per week. Make sure to use sunscreen on the top of your feet too!
10) Cleanse your face a couple times per day, but avoid washing your face with extremely hot water:
Avoid harsh cleansers that have too much soap, alcohol or detergents that alter the pH balance of the skin causing more dryness and irritation to the skin.