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Tips to Protect Your Skin This Summer

Tips to Protect Your Skin This Summer

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It only takes about 15 minutes for ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun to cause skin damage. Prolonged exposure and damage can lead to various forms of skin cancer, but, luckily, most of which are preventable. It’s not only the sun that is skin-damaging; tanning beds, smoking, and an unhealthy diet can all have ill effects on your skin.

It’s important to know how to take care of your skin, especially when exposed to the sun. Here are nine tips to protect your skin this summer!

1. Try and avoid the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is the time when the sun is most intense and produces the highest levels of heat for the day. If you can’t avoid being outside during these hours, use an umbrella, a tree, or another type of shelter to seek shade. Also, use protective clothing like hats, long sleeves, and sunscreen even when in the shade.

2. Use sunscreen when outdoors. Higher SPF numbers indicate increased protection. We recommend using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Use sunscreen even on cloudy or cool days, as damage from the sun’s rays can still occur. After swimming or when sweating, re-apply every two hours. Check the expiration date, as shelf life is typically three years, and less if it has been stored in high temperatures. When sunscreen has expired, there is basically no protection from the harmful UV rays. It can also be beneficial to incorporate a facial sunscreen every day, rain or shine, so your skin will always be protected.

3. Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. Proper, protective sunglasses help prevent damage to the sensitive skin around your eyes, as well as cataracts. When we don’t have sunglasses to protect our eyes, we automatically squint to protect ourselves from the bright and intense rays of light. This stresses the skin around our eyes and can cause premature wrinkles and crow’s feet.

4. Invest in proper headgear. A wide-brimmed hat can protect your face, ears, and neck. If wearing a baseball cap, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck and ears, as well as wear protective clothing that covers exposed areas.

5. Be aware of medications that increase your sensitivity to the sun. Common antihistamines, such as Benadryl; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin or ibuprofen; certain antibiotics, including Bactrim or Tetracycline; antidepressants; antipsychotics; and some oral diabetic medications can make you more sensitive to sunlight. Be sure to check with your pharmacist regarding your medication’s side effects.

6. Protect youngsters. Children younger than six months should not use sunscreen, but it is important that they are protected from the sun’s rays with protective clothing and shade. Children six months or older can and should have sunscreen applied regularly.

7. Perform regular skin checks. It might seem like a tedious task, but always be on the lookout for any changes to moles, freckles, or birthmarks. Additionally, monitor for any new skin changes that have occurred. Use a mirror to evaluate hard-to-see areas and have regular skin evaluations by your healthcare provider or dermatologist.

8. Avoid using tanning beds. Tanning beds increase the risk for skin cancer, including melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Tanning beds produce harmful UVA and UVB rays, and there is also no proven evidence that using tanning beds to obtain a base tan decreases your risk of sunburn. Beyond that, tanning beds increase the chance of developing cataracts and ocular melanoma.

9. Make healthy lifestyle choices. The choices we make in life can often be shown through our skin. To maintain healthy skin, refrain from smoking as it damages collagen and elastin in our skin. Avoid using products with harsh chemicals; instead, use mild soaps and daily moisturizers and treat your skin gently. Try and limit your hot showers, as this can strip essential oils from your skin. Pat down your skin after bathing to retain its moisture. Don’t forget to eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain. Most importantly, don’t forget to hydrate! Drinking more water will definitely reflect through the health of your skin. It’s also important to engage in stress-reducing activity and get a full night’s sleep.

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Seven Spring Skin Care Tips

Seven Spring Skin Care Tips

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It’s finally springtime and your skin is still recovering from the harsh conditions of the winter months. Exposure to harsh weather conditions like strong winds and subzero temperatures can cause skin conditions such as frostbite, irritation, inflammation, and dry skin. Here are a few tips to ensure your skin is glowing this spring!

Repair Damaged Skin

Start with collagen repair! During the winter months, your skin is exposed to freezing temperatures and harsh winds, which can cause cracked skin and damage to collagen. Consult your dermatologist or medical esthetician to find out which skin repair and rejuvenation treatments will work best for you.

Cleanse Often

When the temperatures start warming up, your body naturally starts to produce more sweat. From the months of March through May, your skin constantly replenishes natural oils, so experts suggest cleansing your skin twice a day. Washing once in the morning will help remove dirt and bacteria, and washing in the evening will remove makeup, particles, and pollution that can build up throughout the day.

Exfoliate

Remember to exfoliate your skin twice a week. The exfoliating process helps unclog pores, rejuvenates your skin making it brighter, as well as allowing your moisturizers and skin care products to penetrate more deeply. Exfoliating will also help with tight or flaking skin, as it can alleviate some of the common symptoms. If the issues persist, consider seeing your dermatologist, as this might be a sign of an underlying condition.

Change Your Diet

If your skin is acting up, you might want to think about what your diet and eating habits have been like, as they have a direct impact on your skin health. You can switch up your diet in the springtime to incorporate more fruits and vegetables that are in season. Spring provides us with wholesome fruits and vegetables like berries, oranges, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and more! Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat can fuel collagen, improve skin elasticity, and lighten your skin. Make sure you are getting enough vitamins when considering revamping your diet.

  • Vitamin A: Improves wrinkles and brown spots and can be found in oranges, carrots, cantaloupes, leafy greens, eggs, and low-fat dairy foods. In addition, Vitamin A is a retinoid, which is common in over-the-counter treatments for acne and other skin conditions.
  • Selenium: This mineral helps protect skin from cancer, age lines, and dry skin. Selenium is found in foods such as Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, red snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, cooked beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta.
  • Vitamin C: This can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays while repairing collagen and elastin. Vitamin C is found in red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, greens, and brussels sprouts.
  • Vitamin E: This is an antioxidant, which helps prevent cell damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays.

Wash Your Sheets

It sounds simple enough, but if your sheets are not washed often, your bed can be harmful to your skin. Research shows that 4 to 17 different species of fungus can grow on your old and synthetic pillows. Pillows also contain sweat, dead skin cells, dandruff, and oil, all of which can clog pores and create skin conditions. It is recommended that you wash your sheets and pillows once a week to ensure your skin stays clean, clear, and healthy.

Acne Treatments

Consult with your dermatologist to determine which acne treatment will work best for you. Whether it’s blackheads, whiteheads, pus-filled pimples, or cysts, treatment options for mild to chronic acne include topical acne treatments, oral medications, laser treatments, and chemical peels. A consultation with your dermatologist will allow you to select treatment options that work best for your condition. It’s also beneficial to get a facial once every month in addition to your acne treatments. This will provide your skin with the tender love and care it deserves when going through harsh acne treatments.

Reduce Makeup to Reduce Clogged Pores

In the springtime, our skin produces more oil and we sweat more, which can make our makeup transferable and can lead to the overapplication of makeup. Consider swapping your liquid foundations for a lighter mineral powder foundation. Mineral powder foundations consist of natural hypoallergenic ingredients and have an easy application. Powder-based products will help you achieve that matte and flawless look that will last all day. Avoid applying heavy makeup this spring and opt for a lighter option. This will also mean fewer breakouts.

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