23 Jul Your 3 Summer Skincare Lifesavers
Your skin’s biggest enemies in the summertime are dehydration, sun exposure, and sweat. These are unavoidable. But do not fear, the advice from one of the Top Plastic Surgeons NYC will combat the summer heat. With hydration, exfoliation, and protection, the summer skincare lifesavers will help your skin stay healthy and glowing in the summer sun.
When you think of dry skin you probably think of the blistering winter cold chapping your hands and lips. Surprisingly, it isn’t only the cold dry winter that has this effect. Spending more time outdoors in the summer sun causes you to sweat, causing your body to lose fluids, therefore, dehydrating your skin. But even if you spend your summer sheltered from the sun in your home or office, even air conditioners actually dry out your skin.
This may seem obvious, but it’s crucial to drink enough water! Wherever you go this summer make sure you bring your refillable water bottle with you. Avoid things like coffee and sugary drinks that will only dehydrate you further. Instead, stick to plain water, infused water, or even green tea, to keep your skin as glowy as possible.
After a hot day in the sun, try taking a refreshing cool shower to not only keep your skin hydrated but also to soothe sunburn and avoid skin breakouts. A hot shower will only dry out your skin further.
Be sure to moisturize your skin well. For the summer, ditch you heavyweight winter cream. Your skin needs to breathe! Opt for a lightweight product that suits your skin type.
Let’s face it, we all want to look bronzed in the summer, but make sure you’re taking in the rays responsibly. Sun in small doses is actually beneficial to your health. You may notice a mood boost in the summer due to increased exposure to the benefits the sun brings us including vitamin D, and serotonin, but too much causes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
When applying your sunscreen, don’t forget to reapply every two hours, for most people don’t apply enough. Also, don’t forget all of the parts of your face, especially your lips and eyes. Apply an SPF lip product and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from fine lines.
Try your best to avoid the chemicals with an all-natural SPF. There are plenty of natural sources such as coconut oil or shea butter. Additionally, check out our article from last summer on how you can actually eat your SPF!
The presence of a tan actually indicates damaged skin, so sometimes it’s best to avoid the sun altogether. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses or sit under the shade, Midday sun is strongest so find a ruing those times.
Sweating can actually be good for your skin! It releases toxins and protects from some bad bacteria. However, the problem starts when you leave sweat on your skin for prolonged periods of time. The toxins that your body released seep back into your skin. Spending time in the outdoors causes even more dirt buildup and sun damage speed up the aging process.
Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells and dirt that build upon the outermost layer of the skin.
These dead skin cells are a natural part of cellular aging, but by exfoliating, you are helping to remove the dead skin cells and reveal the new young cells, firming and tightening your skin in the process. This is especially important in the summer when sun-damage causes the appearance of even more dead skin cells.
Try exfoliating your face once to three times a week depending on how sensitive your skin is. Having a consistent exfoliation routine this summer will have you looking younger and healthier!
Finally, make sure you keep up with an anti-aging regimen incorporating ingredients like antioxidants and retinol.