Tips for Keeping your Skin Healthy Under the Summer’s Heat
Summer is almost here and if you live in Houston, you know that spring is basically the start of summer. The sun brings us light and warmth, but it can also bring us wrinkles, skin spots, and the worst of all, skin cancer. Here are some ways to help keep your skin healthy and still having fun in the sun.
Sunblock, Sunblock, Sunblock! This is going to be your best friend. Most people think that applying sunblock once and never reapplying again that will keep their skin safe. That is not true! Reapply sunblock as recommended on the directions for the sunblock you purchase because it’s not meant to last all day and does wear out.
Avoid the sun when it is at its peak
The sun is usually at its peak around 12-4pm, meaning this is when the rays are most harmful. Even if you apply sunblock, it is not bulletproof protection. This doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside entirely, just take some breaks away from the sun to give your skin a breather.
Drinking water is one of the most important ways to keep your skin healthy, whether it be during spring, summer, winter or fall. Water helps regulate body and skin temperature when it is needed and also detoxifies your body. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways you can help your body and skin year round, so drop that carbonated soda and pick up a glass of water!
Believe it or not, our lips can get sunburned, too! Take a look at your chapstick again, it probably has SPF printed on there already and you did not even notice. If it does not, pick one up the next time you are in line to buy groceries. If you do not use chapstick at all, this should be a good reason to purchase one now. Smooth, hydrated lips are much more attractive than dry, spotted lips!
Take a Cold Shower
After being in the sun for an extended amount of time, taking a hot shower only dehydrates your skin even further. Try your best to turn the temperature down with that shower. Slowly ease yourself into the cold if it is too unbearable and your body will get used to it!
Wear Protective Clothing and Accessories
Yes, generally it is a bit too hot to be wearing a long sleeved shirt and pants, but if you choose the right item, it might not be as bad. Try finding a loose fitting, thin, light colored shirt to cover yourself . Lighter colors reflect heat, while darker colors absorb it. Keep the dark clothes for after the sun is down if your wardrobe consists of mainly dark clothes. Wearing a hat can protect your scalp, (yes, your scalp can be damaged too) face, and neck from the sun at least if you do not want to wear long items of clothing.
These simple steps can save your skin from aging faster than it normally would. Who would want to look older when they are actually old?