Summer is a season that tends to be all about fun. Many of us spend more time outdoors, enjoy the sunshine, have delicious food and drinks, go on vacation, and overall bask in the beautiful weather before winter comes once again. However, the season is also one that could have a pretty negative effect on your skin if you’re not careful which is one of the reasons it’s important to learn how to properly care for it. The following are just some of the summer tips to help get you started.
Wear Sunscreen the Right Way
There are many who believe that sunscreen is just for wearing when you go to the beach, an amusement park, or anywhere else in summer where you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time. While it is true that you should wear it when you’re outdoors, it’s also ideal to put it on before you leave the house, to wear it every day (even on cloudy days and after summer ends) and to reapply it throughout the day including after you’ve been swimming or sweating. You should also opt for SPF 30+.
Check the Expiration Dates on Your Products
Your skin needs a good amount of TLC and the products we use can help with that, but they’re not going to be as effective if they’re expired. For example, if you’re using a moisturizer with SPF or you’re using a sunscreen and both have passed their expiration dates, you might find yourself experiencing dry skin, a sunburn, and more. Always make sure to check that your products are well within the expiration dates.
Be Careful of Drinking Alcohol
There are obviously quite a few reasons one should be careful with how much alcohol they’re drinking, but in regards to your skin, not only can it cause dehydration but it could also increase your chances of sunburn amongst other problems. How much you’re drinking as well as what it is that you’re drinking plays a part.
Be Mindful of What You’re Eating and Drinking
Your diet plays a big part in the look and feel of your skin, but one of the best aspects of summer is that it can be incredibly easy to eat foods that are great for your skin thanks to all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are easy to come by. In addition to foods such as leafy greens, watermelon, and blueberries being plentiful, the beautiful weather is also a good excuse to get out on the water and catch fresh seafood—such as salmon—that could also be wonderful for your skin. Take note, however, of what you’re adding to your dishes as extras (think fatty, creamy dressings) might not be so beneficial.
If you have any particular questions about how you can improve the look and feel of your skin, the best thing you can do is speak to your dermatologist sooner than later. By the end of your appointment, you could have all the information you need to help make your skin even better.