Apply a cream with vitamin c to your skin after your sunscreen. Studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat photodamage induced by ultraviolet.
Dermatologists recommend wearing an SPF of at least 15 year-round.
Avoid using Retin-A if you plan to spend a lot of time in the sun.
Tips: Summer Skin Health
Summer is finally here! And with summer comes rashes, burns, hives…you get the idea. So what can you do to keep your skin healthy this summer? Keep reading to find out.
Sunscreen: We hear this all the time but its only because it is one of the most important steps in keeping your skin healthy. Dermatologists recommend wearing an SPF of at least 15 year-round and this is especially true in the summertime when you are spending much more time in direct sunlight. Apply waterproof sunscreen regularly if you are spending a day in the sun. Don’t forget important spots such as the tops of your hands, feet and neck. Here’s an extra tip: For added benefits, apply a cream with vitamin C to your skin after you apply your sunscreen. Studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat photodamage induced by ultraviolet.
Sunburn: If you do happen to get a sunburn, you can apply Aloe Vera gel to your skin. This will prevent your skin from peeling and keep your skin cool and moisturized while it is replenishing itself from the strong sun.
Blemishes: For those of you who suffer from acne, it is especially important to be on top of your skin regimen during the summertime. The sun can trigger a breakout and excessive dirt and sweat can clog your pores. It is important to cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser and use a non-comedogenic sunscreen for your face. In addition, watch out for the ingredients in your acne medications such as Retin-A, which can make your skin highly sensitive to UV rays. If you plan to spend a full day in the sun, I recommend you avoid using Retin-A all together and just pile on the sunscreen instead.
Mosquito bites: Bug bites can be extremely frustrating in the summertime, especially since the heat can actually make the bites even more inflamed. It is extremely important to wear bug spray, especially since mosquitoes carry diseases such as Zika. If you do get a mosquito bite, try your best not to scratch it to avoid infection. Rub ice on the bites and wash it with mild soap and water. You can even apply a light layer of an over-the-counter topical steroid cream to help with the itching.
H20: Drink lots of water during the summer. Spending time in the sun all day will dehydrate your body and skin, so it is incredibly important to drink lots of water.
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