We women are funny creatures when it comes to taking care of our skin. We throw money at moisturizers, night creams and blemish removers. But when it’s time to head outdoors, we often throw away our good intentions and leave our skin open to the drying and aging effects of summer sun.
Summer is the worst time of year for your skin. High temperatures and plenty of sun mean most skin aging occurs during the summer months. You need to learn to listen when your skin says enough is enough. Here are my top tips for ageless summer skin:
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Just because we wear it on the outside we often forget that the skin is the largest organ in the human body. Water is essential in order to keep our bodies functioning well and feeling good. It’s also essential to keep our skin looking younger.
My dietician tells me to drink 72 ounces of water every day. That sounds like a lot of water! But if you get dehydrated, your skin will start to look saggy and tired. So reach for water instead of soft drinks or beer to keep your skin looking young and soft.
Block the sun
Don’t count on sunscreen to limit your sun exposure. Take your own steps to block out the sun, protect against skin cancer and keep your skin looking younger.
Dermatologist Dr. Robert Singer explained to me that the sun’s rays break down collagen, which is a connective tissue in our skin. When collagen is damaged, our skin becomes saggy and wrinkled which makes us look older. You can protect your skin from sun damage by staying in the shade when possible and covering up.
For women, our hands often give away our real age even when our faces look young. I like to protect myself from sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and gloves, even around the pool! I also love light cotton scarves to protect the skin around my neck. They look pretty and it’s easy to slip them off when I go indoors.
No prickly heat
It’s hard to avoid sweating when you’re out in the summer sun.