SUMMER IS COMING-PART IV
CARING FOR YOUR SKIN
Skincare during summer can be rather tricky given that it gets really intense and requires various levels of detail to be attended to. Summer brings along with it plenty of heat, sweat, and dehydration. Of course, a natural and excellent full body tan and glowing summer skin are benefits that we acknowledge and encourage, but during the hotter days, our skin might just not be that happy.
Here is our guide on how you can keep your skin healthy and glowing all through the upcoming summer.
What we need to remember when developing a skincare regimen exclusively for the summer is that it involves more than just the beauty concerns. Primarily, summer skincare needs to be focused on the health of your skin rather than the aesthetics. In other words, it’s great that you have achieved the optimal summer tan but at what cost?
Sunburns generally are, and should rightly be, a major concern for everyone because they result in a rather painful state of being.
Sunburns are a result of skin exposure to the Sun resulting in rather painful burns resulting from the harmful UVB rays of the Sun. Global warming is real. So are the consequences of it. As a result of the ozone layer being depleted, these rays are making their way super easily to the surface of the earth, and well, towards us. Owing to the constant damage that we are creating, it would be prudent to take sufficient precautions to prevent these sunburns at all times.
That’s the other thing about sunburns. They are not necessarily a summer event. Sunburns during winters are just as common and at times, way more severe than the ones occurring during summer. So precautions taken at all times when being exposed to the Sun, especially if you have sensitive skin is highly essential.
Why You Should Be Worried
The concerns surrounding sunburns are more than cosmetic. Plenty of studies have correlated the occurrence of skin cancer with long-lasting sun damage. What’s worse, skin cancer is very common in the United States. How common? About one in every five Americans are expected to develop any type of skin cancer during their lifetime.
The best way to prevent the occurrence of sunburns is to avoid exposure to the Sun as such. Since this is far from practical, we can consciously attempt to avoid being exposed to Sun during the peak sun hours, i.e. between 10 am to 3 pm. If you absolutely MUST go out during this time, then ensure that you are covered as much as possible, equipped with sunscreen and plenty of water.
You are better off carrying an umbrella as well, or a cap or hat. Whatever it takes.
When you pick out your summer clothing, make sure that you are wearing clothes that are enhanced with Ultra Violet protection. Loose, comfortable and lightly colored is the way to go.
Make sure that whenever you go out, you cover your eyes as well using a nice pair of dark shades, preferably big ones so that a huge part of your face is covered.
Try to walk in shady places and seek shelter in the same if it gets too much.
It’s all about Sunscreens.
Stock up on enough and more sunscreen and apply it generally to every inch of your body you are planning to expose. Ideally, an adult human being is expected to use about 1 oz. of sunscreen prior to skin exposure. Don’t apply this immediately before sun exposure. You need to allow at least fifteen minutes for your skin to absorb the lotion and the protection to take effect.
I say this again: sunburns occur throughout the year. Keep yourself protected even during the winters.
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Ideally, the sunscreen that you select should have the following qualities:
It should have a high enough SPF (Sun Protection Factor). SPF higher than 30, nearing 50 is considered appropriate.
If you are a person with oily skin, apply water-based sunscreen and not oil-based.
Always go for sunscreens that are waterproof. Summer is all about sweating and swimming. In both cases, you’re going to need the lotion to stay.
Reapply the sunscreen as and when needed. (Preferably every two to three hours.) While you apply the sunscreen, do not forget your feet, neck, the part behind your ears, etc, unless they are fully covered (this is unlikely).
General Summer Skincare Tips
Sunburns aside, we have other concerns regarding our skin during the harsh summer-sweat, dirt, oil and so on. Here are a few things you should get straight in order to maintain beautiful and healthy skin during summer.
Say goodbye to the facewash you have been using all winter. If you have been doing it right, your winter skincare should have been all about nourishing your skin and prevent it from drying out at all costs. Washing your face in summer is almost always to wash away the sweat, dust, and oil that has accumulated on your face, even if you have stepped out just for a few minutes. Using water-based facewash guarantees that the excess oil is removed and your face is sticky no more.
During summers, wash your face plenty of times with more than enough water. Keep it moisturized appropriately but do not let the oil build up.
Buy yourself some high-quality hydrating serum rich in antioxidants. This will keep your face moisturized without the oil build up. Furthermore, antioxidants help your skin remain healthy by promoting the build-up of collagen. Your skin remains young and healthy, while antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals from your body and skin.
A product rich in antioxidants helps you detox your skin without harming it much and these serums blend well with your regular makeup and sunscreen and even supplement these.
Pay attention to how much water you drink (needless to say, the more the better) and what you eat. Expand equal focus on avoiding foods that cause more harm than help you. The products that you consume play a vital role in determining the health and beauty of your skin.
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