NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Although summer feels like a time to kick back and relax, Mary Jane Minkin, MD, Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine, reminds women to utilize down time by taking control of their health. Achieving overall health and wellness requires an inside-out approach to things like skincare, nutrition, and vaginal health.
“Summer offers the opportunity to revitalize or begin new health routines, which are particularly important during times of uncertainty. Not only will it benefit your physical health, but upkeeping wellness regimens will help you feel strong, motivated, and confident,” says Dr. Minkin. “Being proactive about your health can minimize risk and maximize overall wellness this summer.”
Dr. Minkin recommends the following tips to be proactive about the many facets of women’s health:
- Feel confident in the skin you’re in: When it comes to inside-out health, tending to the needs of your skin is just as important as being mindful of a healthy diet. This summer, pay attention to your hair, skin and nail health and consider a gummy vitamin like vitafusion Gorgeous Hair, Skin, and Nails, which has 2X the biotin, 4X the antioxidant vitamins C and E of a regular multivitamin, plus 12 essential nutrients.
- Keep cool, hydrated & comfortable: Staying hydrated during a hot summer might seem obvious, but not drinking enough water can take a serious toll on your health. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headache, weakened immunity, and dry skin- including the intimate skin of the vagina, leading to painful sex and discomfort. If vaginal dryness symptoms persist, try a vaginal moisturizer such as Replens that delivers ongoing moisture for three days of comfort.
- This season’s hottest accessory – the mask: As the pandemic continues, face masks are an important summer accessory. Masks can trap face oil and heat, causing “maskne” around the cheeks and chin. Make sure to wash masks frequently or after every use with a sensitive detergent to minimize the chance of a breakout, like Arm and Hammer Sensitive Skin, Free & Clear Detergent.
- Stunning in SPF: SPF protects skin by blocking the sun’s rays. If you desire a summer tan, make sure to protect your skin from harm by investing in a SPF sunscreen when headed outside. Even if it is cloudy or overcast, a tinted moisturizer for the face can keep harmful rays away.
- Summer care down there: Let’s face it, women don’t jump right out of a wet bathing suit into a dry one. Staying in a damp suit can disrupt vaginal pH and cause an overgrowth of bad bacteria. Take a proactive approach to maintaining vaginal health with a vaginal probiotic like RepHresh Pro-B; a once daily supplement that’s clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria, making trips to the pool or beach worry free. To rebalance pH immediately, try RepHresh Gel which gets to the root cause of odor or discomfort by maintaining a healthy pH.
- Summer loving, happened so fast… If you had unprotected sex and think you might be pregnant, the sooner you can find out, the better. The First Response pregnancy tests can tell you six days sooner than your missed period if you are pregnant. Be sure to contact a healthcare provider if you receive a positive result and begin taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid to support a healthy pregnancy.
- Working from home, but healthier: Stuck inside working from home and missing the sun? Sunlight is full of vitamin D, which helps to keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy. Consider supplementing a lack of sun with vitafusion vitamin D3 gummy vitamin (and ask for a day off).
“Remember to make thoughtful changes to your health routine this summer and prioritize your wellness,” adds Dr. Minkin. “Make sure to continue regular checkups or schedule appointments with your doctor either in person or via telemedicine if issues persist – stay safe and have fun!”