If you’re someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, whether you’re a runner, you love fishing or golfing, you hang out at the beach, etc, it’s so very important to do what you can to protect your skin. The weather can be harsh especially during certain times of the year—such as during the summer and winter—or if you have to work outdoors when you don’t have a choice about being out in the elements. You obviously don’t want to just stay inside all the time if you’re someone who loves getting out and about, so if you want to spend time outdoors and protect your skin in the process, the following are some tips that may be able to help.
Put on Sunscreen
You knew we were going to say this, right? It’s because applying sunscreen is such a vital part of skin protection. Put it on at least a half an hour before you step foot outside, and if you’ve been sweating while you’re outdoors or two hours (at max) have passed, reapply the sunscreen. Apply the sunscreen from your head (your scalp) to your feet, and apply enough so that you’re protected. You should also consider applying sunscreen to your eyelids by using a sunscreen stick which is less likely to drip down into your eyes when you sweat.
Get a Personalized Skin Care Plan
Because we all have different skin, it’s not ideal for all of us to follow the same skin care plan. We need something that’s personalized, and the best way to go about that is to head to your dermatologist and esthetician. They’re the two best people you could speak to when it comes to revamping your skin care routine and protecting your skin from the elements, and they can point you in the right direction and give you insight as far as what you’re doing right and what areas could use some improvement.
Get a Skin Check
It’s recommended to see a dermatologist at least once a year to get your skin checked and make sure everything is in tip-top condition. If you spend a substantial amount of time outdoors, they may want to see you more often. Make sure you schedule and keep these appointments and do skin checks on your own in between.
Properly Cleanse Your Skin
Spending an extensive amount of time outdoors means that your skin comes in contact with a lot of dirt, pollution, etc, and all of that can have an effect on your skin. It’s not just a must to wash your face, it’s vital to do so properly. For example, use a cleanser that’s meant for your skin type, take your time to wash your face rather than rushing through it, and opt to wash your face right when you come in from the outdoors rather than waiting until the end of the day. When you cleanse your skin properly, you don’t just feel a difference you see a difference too.
The aforementioned are just some of the skincare tips for outdoorsy types that you’ll want to keep in mind, but as previously mentioned, it’s all about what works best for you, your skin, and your lifestyle. You’re probably not going to notice changes overnight, but after awhile, you’ll likely notice a positive change in your skin and you’ll be happy that the effort was made.