Essential Summer Skincare Tips You Need to Follow
With summer upon us, millions of people are enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. It’s the perfect time of year to go outside and relax. But summer is also a time of year when many people experience skin problems. Whether it’s acne, dermatitis or sunburn, there are ways to curb these problems and promote healthy, youthful skin through the summer season and beyond.
Don’t Use a Tanning Bed
While it may seem like a great way to get a tan — without lounging outdoors, at least — you shouldn’t use a tanning bed. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), people who tanning beds before the age of 35 are 59% more likely to develop melanoma than their counterparts who don’t use tanning beds. Furthermore, women under the age of 30 who use tanning beds are 600% more likely to develop melanoma.
Apply Sunscreen Lotion
If you’re going outdoors this summer, apply sunscreen lotion to your exposed, bare skin. Sun exposure is the leading risk factor of skin cancer, including melanoma. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light act as free radicals that damage the DNA and cellular structure of skin, thereby increasing the risk of skin cancer. Applying sunscreen lotion to your body, however, will protect your skin from this damage.
Keep in mind that it takes up to 20 minutes for sunscreen lotion to absorb into your skin. Therefore, it’s recommended that you apply it about a half-hour before going outdoors.
Wash Off Sunscreen Lotion
Of course, you shouldn’t leave sunscreen lotion on your skin. After going indoors for the day, wash off any lingering sunscreen using soap and warm water. Allowing sunscreen to remain on your skin will only contribute to clogged pores and blemishes. The compounds of the lotion will settle in your pores, preventing them from “breathing” while causing acne breakouts in the process. By washing it off your skin, however, this shouldn’t be a problem.
It’s also a good idea to exfoliate your skin, especially your face, at least once a week this summer. Conventional soaps and cleansers typically only remove superficial dirt, oil and debris from your skin. Our skin is like a sponge, with the ability to absorb and hold debris deep in its pores. To clean your skin effectively, you must use an exfoliating product that works debris out of the pores. Most exfoliating agents contain microbeads that dig debris out of the pores, leaving your skin feeling clean and smooth afterwards.