5 Ways Your Skin Can Be Sun-Safe this Summer
Are you concerned that summer will wreak havoc on your skin? There’s no need!
Tempting as it may be to bask in the sun during summer, it is a time when our skin needs the most protection. Harmful UV rays from the sun can damage the skin and cause premature wrinkles. Stay sun-safe with our foolproof summer-care skin tips:
1. Hydrate and Moisturize
Your body loses a lot of moisture every day especially during this season as the quantity of fluid we lose increases even more. Hence, it is essential to consume the correct amount of water on a daily basis. It is recommended by professionals to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
You should also never underestimate the power of the right moisturizer. If you don’t moisturize your skin properly during this season, you might end up having skin that is parched, itchy, and flaky. Imagine cracked-up soil underneath the heat of the sun. This is why you should pump up the level of hydration in your routine and don't forget to exfoliate at least once every week to encourage your skin to absorb more moisture!
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Another great way to refresh and rehydrate your skin during the day is to mist yourself with a facial toner! A couple of spritz will certainly cool your skin and minimize the need for your glands to break out in sweat. Keep one in your bag always for a quick pick-me-up anywhere you go: before you leave your car, when you’re chilling by the beach, or every time you’re on a bathroom break. A hydrating mist just like our Balancing Facial Toner would be wonderfully refreshing and can help keep your skin cool during this hot season.
2. Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
Too much of anything is bad and the same holds true for sunlight. The harmful UV rays of the sun increase our risk for skin cancer and early signs of skin aging. So if you want to keep healthy, youthful skin longer, sun protection should be on top of your list when it comes to your summer skincare routine.
It is important to find the right sunscreen to prevent skin damage and sunburn. SPF ranges from 2 to 100+ and is a key indicator of the product's ability to block out or screen the sun's damaging rays. Simply put, it indicates the level of protection against sunburn.
If you have light skin and cannot stay out in the sun for at least 5 minutes without getting sunburned, SPF 10 which provides 50 minutes of protection is ideal. SPF 15 lets you stay out for 1 hour and 15 minutes while SPF 30 will provide sun protection for at least 2.5 hours.In other words, if you choose a sunscreen with an SPF 30, you can be out in the sun 30 times longer than you can without sunscreen before you get a sunburn.
Most dermatologists recommend the use of a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater. If you have fair skin, it's best to use a sunscreen with a higher SPF.
3. Wear Protective Clothing
If you can't resist the bright outdoors, leave the house with proper sun protection. Wear protective clothing like wide brim hats, sun visors or shades when you’re outside.
The color of your clothes can also affect the amount of UV rays your skin is exposed to. Many dyes absorb UV which helps reduce our skin’s exposure to the sun. Clothes in dark colors tend to absorb more UV than lighter colors such as whites and pastels. Although they’re not as cool and comfortable as light-colored clothing, dark-colored clothing protect you better from that harmful rays of the sun.
Bright colors such as red and yellow can also substantially absorb UV rays. Just remember that the more vivid the color, the greater the protection is from the sun.
4. Eat skin-friendly food
Vitamin E keeps skin glowing. Eat foods that have high Vitamin E content like almonds and hazelnuts
Vitamin A is also vital for healthy skin. Eat plenty of dark green vegetables like spinach and broccoli. Dark orange foods like sweet potatoes and carrots are also high in Vitamin A. Aside from being an effective antioxidant, Vitamin A is a powerful ingredient that has the ability to communicate with every skin cell in the body in order for it to act younger and healthier.
Fish and ground linseeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids which nourish and promote healthy skin. Also known as "the good fats," Omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in boosting heart health and making your skin look healthier. Increasing your dietary omega-3 fats reduces your risk of skin problems like acne, since it has been shown to reduce inflammation. Salmon, walnuts, tuna, flax seed, and canola oil are also great examples of foods rich in this fatty acid.
5. Bottoms up!
This last tip is sure to make you smile: pour a glass of red wine. Red wine has resveratrol, a compound that helps prevent blood vessel damage. This is one anti-aging weapon that activates sirtuins, an anti-aging protein. It boosts collagen production and hydrates the skin too. Yes, aging gets much better with wine!