Our skin deals with a lot in order to protect our bodies. In winter, it has to deal with the wind and chill, which dries it out. In the summer, it then has to cope with the heat and UV rays from the sun. You can help out your skin this summer by alleviating some of the pressures. Here are just a few measures that will keep your skin protected.
It’s likely you’ll be sweating a lot more due to the heightened temperature. This means drinking lots of water in order to keep the body hydrated. Water will help flush out the toxins from your body, including within the skin. This can help us look healthier as well as feeling healthier – drinking lots of water helps with our complexion giving us that glowing look. You should be ideally drinking a minimum of 8 cups of water a day. If you’re doing exercise and regularly going out into the sun, you may need a couple more than this.
Eat the right foods
Many summer foods are great for our skin, containing important nutrients that can help strengthen and heal it faster.
Those that like their tropical fruits in summer will be glad to know that watermelon and pineapple are excellent for the skin. Watermelon is not only high in vitamin C (which is good for our immune system and the production of collagen), it’s also got a high water content of 90% perfect for keeping our skin hydrated. Pineapple meanwhile contains bromelain which has been linked to lessening inflammation – useful if you’ve got sunburn.
Salad and salmon meanwhile are also great for the skin. Dandelion greens will give you your daily dose of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, all of which is great for providing the skin with antioxidants to fight off the likes of acne. Salmon meanwhile can keep our skin looking dewy by pumping it with omega-3.
Treat summer spots
The heat of summer causes us to sweat more and overproduce oil. This can block our pores and result in outbreaks of spots. Regularly cleaning the skin with soap and water as well as exfoliating it can help to prevent these zits from appearing. However, certain will be already more susceptible to spots and may need to take extra action in summer.
Products made from tea tree and witch hazel are great for getting rid of spots. For acne sufferers, gels such as Duac, can be bought online. It’s worth talking to a GP for anything serious as this acne will not only look unappealing but could scar your face in the long run if not untreated. It’s possible that antibiotics could be prescribed to help combat this acne or another form of treatment could be recommended.
Choose the right sunscreen
Letting yourself burn will produce a tan more quickly. However, this is also very unhealthy for your skin. It can firstly make skin age more by drying it out and producing wrinkles more quickly as a result. It can secondly increase the risk of contracting cancerous melanomas (skin cancer).
If you’re likely to burn in the sun, strongly consider wearing sun cream. There are different creams for different skin sensitivities and lengths of exposure. If you’re going out in the sun for less than 2 hours, factor 15 may be all you need. Anything longer and you should really be considering factor 30. Lotions over factor 35 generally don’t have much greater effect on normal skin and are simply packed with more chemicals. Unless you have a skin condition such as vitiligo, you could be just as well sticking with factor 35.
If you do burn, it’s worth always putting after sun on. This contains moisturiser that will help dry out the burnt skin as well as important nutrients to help with skin repair.
Be aware that some people can get rashes from regular sun cream. Continuing to put on cream that creates rashes could be just as bad for your skin. Hypoallergenic sun cream containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as provided by companies such as Soltan might be a good solution in these cases. Non-comedogenic sun cream meanwhile is ideal for those who may suffer from acne, containing minimal oils to prevent pores from being further clogged up.
Wearing sunglasses won’t just protect your eyes from the sun, it could also protect your skin. Crows feet – those wrinkles that commonly appear in older people around the eyes – are caused by excessive squinting. On a sunny day, you’re likely to be squinting a lot if you don’t have shades on which could be causing those horrible wrinkles to set in early.
Certain people may have more sensitive eyes than others. In such cases, it’s always worth looking for a pair of shades that provide the practicality of keeping you from squinting rather than simply looking cool.
Consider other tanning solutions
Basking in the sun is the most natural way to get a tan, but it certainly isn’t the healthiest. Whilst many people have aversion to spray tans, they’re far healthier for your skin and could be a better solution if you’re really craving that summer glow. You should always exfoliate before booking a spray tan, otherwise dead skin cells will come off and your tan will start to look patchy. Don’t be tempted to try the tanning beds at your local salon as these use the same harmful UV rays and you may as well be lounging outside.
*This was a collaborative post.