How to Maintain Healthy Skin in the Summer

The heat isn’t exactly great for your skin, and between the long days and humid weather, it can be easy to neglect your skin care routine during the summertime. Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be complicated. By incorporating just a few simple strategies into your daily routine, you can help your skin look and feel its best all summer long.

Here are a few skin care strategies to help you make the most of your summer:

1. Always wear sunscreen. A lot of people only put on sunscreen when heading to the beach or the pool, but in actuality sunscreen is necessary every time you step out into the sunshine. Even on cloudy days, make a habit of putting sunscreen on to protect your skin from absorbing too many rays.

[Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. Most adults need about 1 ounce to fully cover their body. Don’t forget your ears and neck and re-apply every 2 hours especially if swimming or sweating.]

2. Skip the tanning bed. Obtaining a glowing tan within a day may be tempting, but the tanning bed is not going to help your skin be healthy. You get enough sunshine just walking across the parking lot on particularly hot summer days. Don’t stress your skin out with the tanning bed.

[PER THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY USING AN INDOOR TANNING BED BEFORE THE AGE OF 35 CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK OF MELANOMA, THE DEADLIEST FORM OF SKIN CANCER, BY 59%; THE RISK INCREASES WITH EACH USE.  Even one indoor tanning session can increase users’ risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent and non-melanoma skin cancers by 30-70%]

3.  Moisturize every day! You wouldn’t go a whole day without drinking water during the summer, so why would you expect your skin to deal just fine without being hydrated? Moisturize every day to prevent your skin from drying out due to the heat.

The summer is supposed to be the season of fun. There are plenty of reasons to feel comfortable in your skin this summer. So, whether you are spending a day near the water in your favorite bathing suit or are ready to tackle some errands around town in your shorts and tank top, go forward feeling comfortable and confident in your skin.

Need professional advice on how to treat your skin in the summer heat? Contact Avail Dermatology today and schedule an appointment with us.