Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summer Skin Care to Stay Looking Fresh

By Feather Vanderwin

Many people love to be outside during summer, having a good time in the sun with family and friends. We all know that the damage that UV rays can do to the skin is substantial, so using some protection is highly advised. Getting a nice tan is no doubt wonderful but this can be done the right way using the right protection. In this article, we will take a look at some simple steps you can take to protect your skin and enjoy the summer months as you please!

Keep hydrated

The tone and amount of elasticity that skin has is correlated to the skin's hydration level. Summer heat can dehydrate the body and the skin making it dry and prone to cracking. Drink water at regular intervals to help look after the skin. Fruit juices are also extremely beneficial. Soft drinks or other carbonated beverages do not add any benefit, so they should be avoided as much as possible.

Frequent moisturization should be applied

The heat and sun during summer will do less damage to the skin when it is protected from a quality moisturizing cream. In order for it to have the greatest effect, it should be applied right after a shower.

Use good quality sunscreen

Sunscreens are easily available these days in the local drugstore or even in supermarkets. Skin is protected by UVA and UVB blockers, which are contained in the ingredients of effective sunscreens. Sunscreen protection factor, or SPF, is the grading system that sunscreens are labeled with. Higher protection is not always the result of having a higher SPF rating. 15 or higher appears to be the most effective for helping to reduce the damage from UV rays coming from the sun. Lotions are popular, but so are sprays, and there are powdered sunscreens as well.

It is recommended that the sunscreen product contains certain key ingredients that help protect the skin in the summer months. These products are listed and approved by the American Academy of Dermatology and can include ingredients such as Cinoxate and Octyl Salicylate.

Exfoliation to enhance skin tone

The use of exfoliation will result in the older, dead skin cells on top to be removed, which will uncover the fresh new skin underneath. A certain 'glow' is said to be revealed after the exfoliation process reveals healthy new skin. The amount of heat that the skin receives can be reduced by using skin toners that help block some of the heat from the sun.

Exercise and diet are important

Antioxidants that someone gets from their diet can be helpful to reduce the toxins within the skin. When shopping, try to go with lean meat options, as well as lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, to get the best nutrients for skin care. Try to keep away from foods that are high in fat, and don't have too much alcohol when drinking. A good exercise regime will help the skin to be healthy by increasing blood flow to the area.


These are just a few simple steps that you can take to ensure that your skin remains healthy during the summer months. Follow these and you can enjoy your summer months with your friends and family without worrying about your skin health.

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