Get Ready for the Sun: Healthy Summer Skin Care
Thursday, May 15, 2014
We love the sun and for good reason:
Moderate amounts of sun exposure allow our bodies to produce vitamin D, elevate
our emotional state through the increased production of endorphins and help
regulate our melatonin production, which plays a part in determining our
But we are all also aware of the dangers
of sun exposure from sunburn to melanoma. A healthy attitude towards moderate
sun exposure and choosing methods and products that gently care for your
epidermis is a wise approach to summertime skincare.
Use sunscreen every day. Get in the
habit of putting sunscreen on skin that will be exposed each day, even if you
won’t be spending a lot of time outside that day. And if you do plan to spend a
week or two at the beach, on the golf course or sightseeing in a sunny
location, apply sunscreen every night for two weeks prior to your vacation.
This simple habit lets the sunscreen build up in your stratum corneum, further
If you do find yourself exploring the
outdoors without adequate sunscreen or coverage and a sunburn ensues, be sure
to treat it right away. The sooner you deal with inflammation, the better. Soak
a washcloth in skim milk and ice and apply to the affected area for 10 – 15
minutes at a time. You can also apply a thin layer of hydrocortisone cream and
take an ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce swelling.
When you sweat, you lose essential
minerals through your skin. Using a spring water spritz can help replenish
minerals and help you look fresh despite the heat.
Get an in-office salicylic acid peel
whenever you feel like your skin looks dull or drab. Your pores will look
tighter, bacteria and dead skin will be removed and oil production will slow
If you struggle with shine during the
warmer months of summer, rather than try to tame it with makeup that mattes,
start with a sulfur-based facial cleanser and finish with a Finacea gel. This
simple regime will reduce shine and leave your skin feeling fresh.
Add a Little Color
Use a light, bronzing moisturizer or a
gradual self-tanning lotion to add a touch of color without the sun. Choose
products that bring the color on slowly for the best effects.
Periodically use a gentle scrub to
remove dead skin but be sure to take it easy. Vigorous scrubbing can actually
cause damage. If you are attempting to deal with oily patches, using too much
muscle when you exfoliate can backfire and lead to increased oil production.