Winter causes a plethora of problems to our skin. Freezing, biting air can cause our skin to shrivel from dryness and lack of moisture. Exposure of the face to wintry elements can cause burns, dry patches and reddening of the skin.
But summer can be even harder on our bodies' largest organ. Dryness, hot sun and perspiration can wreak havoc on our skin, as well as stings, bites and poisons from various vegetation. But we don't have to roll over and wrinkle. There are ways to beat the summer's troublesome effects.
The sun is the skin's worst enemy. Skin cancer is on the rise, and the topic of tanning addictions have been hitting the news and blogs for a couple of years now.
The sun can burn the skin as badly as fire can. Not only that, but it causes skin cancer and premature aging. While sunscreen should be used year round, it should be mandatory in summer.
An EmpowHER blog "Top Experts Weigh in on How to Solve Common Beauty, Health & Fitness Hazards in the Summer", talks about summer skin care and offers advice from an expert.
"“Skin cancer affects more than two million Americans each year,” says Dr. Steven Rotter, Virginia-based board certified dermatologist and the Former Chief Resident in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital www.itsallaboutskin.com
He also recommended that sunscreen over factor 45 be frequently reapplied, especially after sports or swimming. This can prevent burning and stave off wrinkles. Wearing long-sleeved tops and hats provide good protection, and sitting in shady spots is a good idea. Stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Despite using sun protection, our skin can still be affected by summer. My face sweats profusely when I'm playing sports in summer. I end up with tiny spots of what looks like acne under the skin on my forehead and the sides of my face around my hairline.
Cleansing, toning and moisturizing at night helps to keep the pores clean but hydration is also very important. Drink lots of water every day, along with a healthy diet. I also use a topical acne treatment.