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With summer right around the corner, increased exposure to the sun often causes harm to your skin. But it’s not the only issue your skin will face in the warmer months! Bug bites, dry skin, sunburns, prickly heat, and other issues can arise as well. We compiled a list of the common summer issues and what steps you can add to your skincare routine to prevent them!
While in the Sun
You should reduce your exposure to the sun as much as you can, but it’s nearly impossible to stay completely indoors when the weather is so nice! To reduce your risk of early aging and skin cancers, there are a few things you can do while still having fun in the sun.
Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
If you’re just laying out in the sun, you should be using a broad spectrum SPF frequently to keep your skin protected from direct sun exposure. The higher the SPF you use, the better for protecting against sun damage.
When you’re out on the beach or by the pool this summer, clothing may be optional. However, protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays may lay in what you wear. A wide-brimmed hat will protect your head and face from the brunt of sun exposure. Try one with UPF technology built in for extra protection!
Darker colors are better at absorbing UV rays than lighter colors, as well as certain materials like cotton and satin. Opt for a dark colored cotton cover-up, or t-shirt to keep the UV rays off the skin even when you’re covered up.
Don't forget your eyes: polarized sunglasses will keep your eyes protected from those damaging UV rays.
Lips, Scalp, and Eyelids
These areas are often forgotten when it comes to applying sunscreen, but they are at the highest risk. The skin on your lips and eyelids is very thin, which makes those areas more likely to develop cancers. Take extra care to protect these sensitive areas this summer. Use a lip balm that has SPF in it, or just lather a good coat of sunscreen onto your lips and eyelids. Don’t forget to apply a spray sunscreen to your hairline and part, as well as wear a hat to keep the sun off the top off your head and prevent a painful burn.
After Sun Exposure
Your skin care should not stop after you’ve gone inside for the day. Here are some ways to continue protecting your skin after you’ve been laying by the water all day.
Take a Cold Shower
Skip hot showers that can damage your skin even more, and opt for a cooler temperature. Make sure you shower immediately after getting out of the water as well. Showering after swimming reduces your risk for excessively dry skin from chlorinated pools, and skin issues like swimmer’s itch and seabather’s eruption.
Keep Skin Moisturized
It’s easy to think that with all the sunscreen you’re slathering on, your skin has enough moisture on it. That’s not the case. After taking a lukewarm shower, opt for a light, fragrance-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
Try out this Sween 24 Cream from Coloplast. It has no fragrance and is moisturizing for up to 24 hours for extra dry skin summer skin.
Summertime brings your skincare routine into focus, but that doesn't mean that it's the only time you should be thinking about protecting your skin.
Prevent Bug Bites
Bug bites can happen any time of year, but they love to dwell in those water holes we frequent all summer long. Reduce your risk of getting eaten by pesky bugs with a bug spray, and keep away from standing water like smaller lakes. If the area you live in is prone to mosquitos, opt for a mosquito netting around your outdoor space that you want to utilize.
Stress can cause a myriad of issues with your skin, and sun exposure only makes it worse. Breakouts and rashes can be traced to high amounts of stress, so try to reduce your anxiety by reading a book or meditating. This will not only quiet your mind but improve the clarity of your skin.
Do you have summer skincare tips that you can't live without? Share them with us! We'd love to hear from you and how to take care of your skin.