With all the heat and humidity that comes with summer, you’ll need to protect your skin to maintain its health and prevent UV damage. These three tips are summer skin care essentials that will keep your skin healthy, protected, and looking refreshed.
Skin Care Tips to Follow During the Summer
With all the time spent outdoors enjoying lakes, oceans, hikes, and more, your skin will need additional protection to stay healthy and keep its natural glow. These three dermatologist-approved summer skin care tips will help you protect your skin during the summer while preventing long-term damage from UV exposure.
The application of sunscreen to your skin is essential during the hot summer months as it can help protect and hydrate your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF of at least 30, but you may need to increase your SPF depending on your skin type or the level of sun exposure you receive. An SPF of 50, for example, is ideal for those with a history of melanoma, people with a higher risk of skin cancer, or individuals with fair complexions who are more susceptible to sun damage.
Sunscreen should be applied daily. If you are out in the sun for several hours, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.
In addition to using sunscreen, enhance your sun protection with sunglasses, a wide brim hat, and protective clothing.
Avoid being out in the sun during peak times such as between 10 am and 2 pm.
Moisturize Your Skin
There are ways to protect your skin from drying out, such as staying more hydrated, moisturizing your skin, and limiting long hours of direct sun exposure on your skin. Using a non-comedogenic moisturizer can prevent clogging pores and help deliver essential nutrients and vitamins to keep the skin hydrated and healthy during the summer.
One of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and glistening is by exfoliating the skin once or twice a week. Excessive sweating can clog pores even more which makes exfoliating, washing, and cleansing even more essential to avoid breakouts during the summer. This can remove dead skin cells, unclog your pores, and even reduce blemishes. Keep in mind that it is best not to exfoliate your skin if you are sunburned to avoid irritation. Let your skin heal completely before exfoliating again.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Dr. Dina Strachan and our wonderful team of skin care specialists are dedicated to helping your skin look and feel amazing. If you are looking for cosmetic skin care treatments or would like personalized advice on how to take care of your skin this summer, please call our office at 212-627-1004. You can also schedule an appointment online.