HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With summer nearly here, many might find themselves planning to venture into the outdoors to take advantage of the warmer weather. However, enjoying the sunshine requires some precautionary steps to best prepare your skin for the heat and sun – especially as the last few months have kept many indoors.
“Although a good, solid skincare routine can weather any temperature change, there are a few adjustments that should be made to meet each season’s skincare needs,” says Elizabeth Mullans, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist.
Dr. Elizabeth Mullans recommends the following essentials for healthier skin:
- Limit Sun Exposure and Wear Sunscreen. Even though most people enjoy basking in the sun, it is quite harmful to your skin. There are two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, and both contribute to skin cancer. The reason for sunburns is UVB rays, but UVA rays contribute to premature skin aging and wrinkling. Traditionally, chemical sunscreens mostly aim to protect your skin from UVB – that’s what the SPF rating refers to – so it’s vital to look for a sunscreen that is “broad spectrum” to protect your skin from both types of UV rays. At the end of the day, the best protection is limiting your time in the sun.
- Change Up Your Moisturizer. In the winter, a heavy moisturizer is needed to protect from both the drying winter climate and central heating, but summer skin has different moisture needs. You still need to moisturize – moving in and out of air-conditioning dries out skin – but swap out your richer moisturizers for lighter lotions, serums, and gels. You can reduce your beauty steps by finding a good SPF that also moisturizes.
- Remember Eyes and Lips. The skin around the eyes is delicate and thin and we often forget that our lips can burn as well. Choose a good under eye product that has hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to avoid wrinkles. Our lips often crack, peel, and even become scaly during the summer due to sun exposure. Those UV rays still hit lips, so it is important to keep an eye out for lip-specific products that include SPF. Additionally, do not forget to reapply – as we eat and drink throughout the day, the protection disappears.
- Use a Mild Cleanser. Cleansing is a vital step to your morning and evening routines to help get rid of daily build-up of oil, dirt, dead skin cells, bacteria, and pollutants among much other debris. Beyond cleansing itself, it is important to use a cleanser that is mild, non-drying, and fragrance-free, so it does not clog the pores or irritate your skin. A good cleanser will also help retain moisture lost by managing your skins pH levels, so that you not only clean but also restore the protective skin barrier.
- Good Skin Is Not Just Topical. One of the absolute best tips for not just for skin, but health is hydration and nutrition. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses daily to aid in digestion, circulation, absorption and even help reduce toxins. Additionally, consider adding a vitamin supplement to your routine to make sure you are meeting your nutritional needs – when you feel good, you look good. A supplement like vitafusion Gorgeous Hair, Skin & Nails contains biotin, vitamin C and E, and other nutrients that are essential for hair growth and health year-round.
“In the summer, you’re looking at warmer weather and stronger sun, and while winter was all about keeping moisture – now is all about preemptive protection,” adds Dr. Mullans.