Summer is the time to ramp up skincare routines. The sun poses damage to sensitive skin that can contribute to premature aging, discoloration, and even skin cancer. Unfortunately, skincare companies bombard us with an overwhelming number of options and products that only serve to make us question if we are really using the best products for our skin.
Every individual’s skin has unique needs. Some of us have dry skin, others suffer from an overabundance of oil. Finding the products that are right for you is all about understanding your skin type. However, there are a number of products that everyone needs in their summer skincare arsenal.
For the warm sunny summer months, protect your skin with these five must-have products:
No one can skimp on the sunscreen! Look for a sunscreen that offers a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 (no exceptions!). Sunscreen also must be water-resistant and protect against both UVA and UVB rays. And don’t think that one layer is enough. According to studies referenced by the American Academy of Dermatology, “most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.” How much is enough? The rule from most dermatologists is “one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass.” Re-apply after swimming, sweating or drying off…and according to the directions on the bottle (most SPF will wear off after a few hours…even if you stay dry). Also, don’t be fooled into thinking that cloudy days can be SPF-free days; sun rays still sneak past clouds and can cause damage during even those overcast and dreary summer days. Never leave home without the sunscreen!
Protect delicate skin under the eyes with sunglasses (and, of course, SPF). Squinting causes wrinkles over time…and you definitely don’t want premature crow’s feet. The sun also can be damaging to the eyes, and, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), may contribute to cataracts, eye growths and cancer. Make sure sunglasses protect against UVA and UVB rays. The AAO also says to look for glasses that “are labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection.”
A good razor.
Summer, for many women, means spending more time tending to hairy situations. Shaving sensitive bikini lines, legs and underarms can cause serious irritation to skin. Especially when women rush through the shaving process! To keep skin safe from razor burn, red bumps and ingrown hairs, never use a dull razor and never, ever dry shave. Always lubricate skin before shaving, and moisturize skin after a good shave.
Sunscreen and sunglasses aren’t enough to fully protect the face and head. To add more security and shade, wear a hat when out in the sun. Not only will a wide-brim protect the face, it also covers the scalp (which, yes, also should be protected by sunscreen). Hats offer another layer of protection for delicate skin. Shop for cute hats to wear on the beach or at the pool; options are everywhere!
Even when you’ve played it safe and used every protective option for skin, you still may find you missed a spot…or neglected to re-apply. For sunburned skin, use aloe gel to help soothe the sting. Leaf.tv explored how aloe helps soothe those bad sunburns. According to the site, “glycoproteins work to minimize pain and inflammation, while polysacchrides encourage skin growth and repair.”
As the temps begin to rise and outfits start exposing more skin, our beauty routines have to change with the season. Make sure skin stays protected against the damaging sun to reduce the risk of skin cancer, premature aging and skin discoloration. Enjoy the warm temps and the sunny days without sacrificing your skin…or your health.
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