July 16, 2012
Soaking up some sun is at the top of everyone’s list when summer rolls around. But all that heat can exacerbate current skin conditions. So, before running outside, it’s important to know about proper skin care and the damages that could result from exposed and unprotected skin.
Sunscreen isn’t just for summer; UV rays can be damaging to skin all year long. The Sun Safety Alliance found that when the ultraviolet light (UV) index is high, your skin could burn in as little as 10-15 minutes. When choosing sunscreen look for one with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. For sunscreen to be most effective it’s important to liberally apply it 20-30 minutes before going outside and to reapply it every two hours.
It’s important to know what causes or contributes to dry skin to find the best treatment option.
- Hot showers can dry skin out by washing away your body’s natural oils. Taking a shorter shower with cooler water will help preserve and amp up those natural oil attributes
- Heavily scented soaps can also strip away skin’s oils and scrubbing too hard can also cause damage. Look for soaps with mild fragrances or are unscented.
- Dehydration can also dry skin. Drinking enough water is crucial during summer to keep your body and your skin healthy and hydrated.
Skin naturally produces oils that help it repair itself and maintain its elasticity. But climates with too much heat can exacerbate oil production leaving your skin feeling sticky and cause you to break out.
- Resist touching your face, as the dirt and oil from your hands will transfer to your face.
- Washing your face too often can lead to even more oil production. Constantly washing the oils off your face sends a message to your glands that your skin needs to produce more oil.
- Look for body and face cleansers that say ‘gentle’ or ‘alcohol free.’ These types of cleansers won’t over dry your skin and help keep oil production low.
Taking the time to properly care for your skin can prevent breakouts, protect you from overexposure to cancer causing UV rays, and help keep your skin healthy and youthful. For more information on how to keep your skin at its best check out our esthetics details.