Summer often means plenty of time outdoors, and for some, potential vacations. Unfortunately, these fun times can be tough on your skin, which is why many skin care websites and experts make it a point to warn individuals about the potential threat of summertime. Here are a few summer skin care dos and don’ts to help you avoid the damage:
Don’t Forget Sunscreen: It is easy forget to apply sunscreen when you are not planning to spend a lot of time outdoors. However, even a bit of unprotected sun exposure can cause damage.
Do Reapply Sunscreen: Even sports sunscreens lose their effects after a certain amount of sweating or swimming. To avoid being burned by the sun during your favorite outdoor activities, make sure to carefully check the sunscreen bottle for reapplication instructions. If none are given, re-apply every few hours to be safe.
Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses: Summer sun can damage your eyes as well as the tender skin around your eyelids. To be safe, make sure that you take your sunglasses on outdoor outings. If you are swimming, look for goggles with UV protection.
Do Opt for Vitamin C: Adding a Vitamin C serum or cream to your skin care regimen will help your skin fight off damage from the summer sun as well as the chlorine in your pool.
Don’t Skip Water: Your body must stay hydrated to maintain optimal function. Unfortunately, some of the most common beverages, including coffee, can lead to dehydration. Instead, make sure that you are drinking plenty of water in addition to your favorite caffeinated beverages.
Do Get Sleep: Balancing the need for summer fun with the realities of the working world can mean skimping on sleep. However, sleep is also a time for your skin to regenerate from its busy day. Make sure that you are getting enough rest by diligently staying with your sleep schedule.
With a bit of effort, you and your skin can both enjoy the summer months.