Thoughts have officially turned to summer. Backyard barbeques, swimming, enjoying delicious cold drinks, and time spent with family and friends are all part of the hot and all-to-brief summer season. There is one thing that should be in your thoughts during the summer, and that’s protecting your skin from the long-term damage that can occur from sun, sweat, pool chemicals, and other summer hazards. Here’s an easy guide to keeping your summer skin in tip-top shape, so you aren’t paying for your summer fun for years to come.
Hydrate! This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking plump and beautiful. Even in the heat of summer, when you may be sweating or swimming, your skin my not be getting the moisture it needs. To combat this, drink plenty of water every day. Your body hydrates best from the inside out, so drinking water will keep your skin from becoming dehydrated, and will help you fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, using a great moisturizer on the surface of your skin will help keep skin from drying out due to salt water, sun, or pool chemicals. Plus, a moisturizer that contains alpha hydroxy can help repair collagen over time, for smoother, more youthful looking skin.
Eat well. The foods you eat can make your skin look healthy and glowing, or dry and wrinkled! Choose the foods that nourish your skin from the inside out and your reflection in the mirror will thank you. The bonus? This is the perfect season for all the foods your body needs. Packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and flavor, you can eat like a king and look like it, too. Choose fresh berries and fruit, summer vegetables, cool dairy products, and the seasonings of summer, such as fresh herbs, for a nutritional feast for your body and skin.
Wear the right clothes. Protecting all of your skin if you’ll be out in the sun for long periods of time is a must. Many companies offer clothing that is designed to protect your skin, whether it contains SPF right in the clothing item, or features a special material that helps with the sun’s rays. Don’t forget the top of your head! Find a hat that has a wide brim so your head and face are protected.
Love your lips. Don’t forget that the lips are vulnerable to the sun’s rays, and without protection can look cracked, dry, and wrinkly. Furthermore, since lips don’t have a protective outer layer, so damage can show up as age spots or thinning. Get a lip balm that has SPF protection and apply as needed.
Your skin is designed to last a lifetime. Don’t let one season wreak havoc on one of your body’s most important defense systems. Take a few moments to protect and pamper your skin each and every day, for a smooth, youthful result.