How to Combat the Summer Sun and Protect Your Skin in the Heat
When summer rolls around, most people flock straight to the summer sun. People love to tan because the sunlight encourages the skin to produce more melatonin and darken. This is to be expected, and we are certainly not encouraging you to stay away from all the fun. However, it is important to keep in mind how damaging the sun can be for your skin and to do your best to combat these dangers.
Ultraviolet radiation causes DNA changes in the skin that can lead to premature aging as well as skin cancer. The skin’s outer layer has cells that contain a pigment called melanin. Melanin protects the skin from the sun’s UV rays that can burn the skin, reduce its elasticity, and cause premature aging. Sun damage on the face appears as extra-large freckles or flat brown spots.
Plus, frequent exposure to ultraviolet rays over the years is a leading cause of skin cancer. That is why it is important for all people to protect themselves from the sun and to cover sensitive areas with sunblock. Other helpful tips include limiting total exposure time and avoiding the sun between 10am and 2pm.
In addition to the sun, your skin has natural defense mechanisms that are meant to combat warm weather and humidity. One of the main ways it does this is by producing excess sebum (natural oil). The oil that is secreted gets trapped on the surface of the skin, which causes stickiness, grease, and blocked pores.
By far, acne breakouts are the most common problem that occurs in the summer. Those with oily skin are more vulnerable to this issue because bacteria and oils in the skin combine with sweat to cause clogged pores and acne. There are many ways that summer can wreak havoc on your skin, but there are also many ways to combat these problems. Some of the best ways to give your skin what it needs in the summer include:
- Washing your face to remove excessive oil
Increase temperatures and greater humidity can lead to an increase in oil production and breakouts. The best regimen will vary from person to person, but usually, the best cleansers for oily or acne-prone skin are those with glycolic acids. Glycolic acid is a skincare ingredient that is both an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and humectant and is widely used for anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and acne. Salicylic acid can also penetrate the lipid layer deep in the pore to exfoliate dead skin cells and dissolve oil. If the oiliness continues, it might help to be proactive about removing the grease. If excessive oiliness happens within hours of washing your face, you might benefit from adding a mattifying lotion under your makeup or opting for a makeup with mattifying properties. For even more oil removal, switching out your daily moisturizer with a powder-based sunscreen that has the mineral zinc with anti-inflammatory properties will help combat the grease as well.
- Keeping your skin hydrated
Your skin loses lots of moisture in the summer, so it is important to keep your skin hydrated. It is important to drink 10-12 glasses of water every day, especially if you are experiencing dehydration. Another helpful tip is to increase your fruit intake. As far as your skin goes, the key will be to find the moisturizer that works best for you. An ingredient that tends to be effective when it comes to hydration is hyaluronic acid. Even just a small amount of hyaluronic acid will help the skin retain a significant amount of moisture. Another way to keep your skin hydrated is to pat water gently from your skin after bathing and leave a bit of water on the skin. Leaving water on the skin when you apply moisturizer will help hydrate the skin.
- Exfoliating for healthy skin
When you exfoliate, you remove the layer of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This is important during the summer when your skin needs additional hydration and protection, and exfoliating regularly will help you achieve healthy, glowing skin. However, it is important to time your exfoliation sessions properly so you do not over-exfoliate. Your skin has a natural barrier that protects it and helps it retain moisture. Exfoliating excessively can cause damage to the outer layer of the skin. Exfoliating two to three times a week, on the other hand, is a great way to energize your skin after being in the sun.
- Protecting your skin with sunscreen
This last tip is one you have probably heard before, but sunscreen is such an important way to protect your skin. If you skip out on sunscreen, you are increasing the likelihood of sun damage in the form of sunburn, wrinkles, dark spots, pigmentation, and red, dry skin. The form of sunscreen you need will vary depending on your skin type, but wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 50 with a 5-star UVA rating will go a long way in protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sunscreen will also decrease your chances of developing deadly cancer, keep your skin looking young, keep your complexion even, and can even help you avoid issues like heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
At Novopelle Med Spa, we believe that beauty should be accessible, and we are here to provide all the skincare tips you need to keep you feeling as beautiful as you are. Whether you want to preserve the integrity of your skin in the sun or you want to learn more about the benefits of regular professional skincare, our team is here with the services and advice you need.
For more professional skincare advice and to learn about our skincare services, call Novopelle Med Spa at (888) 429-7055 or contact us online.