Summer is starting to fade away. Preparing your skin for the fall season means dealing with your sun damaged skin. You will need to adjust your skin care routine to protect and restore you skin’s natural beauty. Our aging skin gets a lot of stress during the summer months so start planning now to protect and prepare your skin for the fall.
- Use a good facial exfoliant. Using a good facial scrub is important to remove any sun damaged cells. Exfoliate once a week to rid your skin of the dead skin cells to reveal healthier and more radiant skin. Always remember to use moisturizer after exfoliating.
- Change your moisturizer for the season. You may need to use a different type of moisturizer if your skin changes with the seasons. Watch how your skin changes and change with it. If you see more breakouts or other skin irritations as the seasons change, it may be due to the weather and moisturizer combination. Always be sure to use a moisturizer that is good for your skin type.
- Hydrating your skin is always important no matter what the season. Staying hydrated by drinking your eight glasses of water everyday will flush out toxins in your body which helps in having a healthy glowing complexion.
- Don’t halt the SPF. Just because the seasons change doesn’t mean you should stop wearing your sunscreen. Sun can damage your skin during any season. Be sure to continue wearing sunscreen every single day.
- Dietary factors will also change your skin. Our skin needs res and nourishment to thrive during the changing seasons. Try to include fruits, green leafy vegetables and plenty of liquids in your diets.
Keeping your skin looking healthy during the cooler months is easy if you have the right regimen. Your fall skin treatments should be about repairing your summer skin and preparing yourself for the cold weather that lies ahead.
Here are a few reminders of what you should be doing to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
- Apply sunscreen every day if you will be outside. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.
- Sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays.
- Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle.
- Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors.
Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. If clothing will not cover a part of your body, it needs to have sunscreen. This includes your face, ears, feet and hands. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen.
Do you skimp out on the moisturizer in the summer months? Some people believe that moisturizer will make their skin greasy and when the sweaty summer heat gets added, it will create a slimy mess. In reality, your skin needs just as much moisturizer in the summer than it does in the winter. Moisturizer and sunscreen are both a must in the hot summer months.
Here are some reasons why you should continue your moisturizer use during the summer.
Keeps Excessive Oiliness in Control
It is a big misconception that moisturizers cause the skin to become greasy in the summer. However, if you don’t use a moisturizer, the skin looks for another way to get the moisture it is lacking. Your skin will produce an excess sebum to form a protective layer on your skin surface. However, this protective layer can make the skin oily. The excessive sebum clogs the skin pores and makes it difficult for the skin to breathe.
The summer heat and sun do a number on your skin. The heat, sun and pollution take away the skins natural moisture and glow. So, in order to keep the excessive oiliness and ensure the healthy and natural glow of your skin stays in place, it is important to use a moisturizer during the summer.
How to Prevent Aging caused by the Suns Rays
The suns rays contain harmful UV radiation that penetrate the skin surface and cause damage to the skin cells. This can accelerate the process of premature aging. It causes damage to the collagen fibers that support the skin structure. If you do not moisturize the skin well, it will become vulnerable to UV damage and can develop premature wrinkles and fine lines. With that being said, it is extremely important to moisturize your skin effectively during the summer.
Protect against Pollutants
Moisturizers form a protective coating on the skin that will help prevent the accumulation of dirt and toxic particles to form within the skin pores. This will also benefit by further preventing blackheads and controls acne inflammations. As a result, the skin remains healthy and flawless.
As well as moisturizing your skin year-round, be sure to clean your skin thoroughly twice a day to get out all of the dirt that has accumulated within the pores. For the summer months, use an oil-free water based moisturizer that won’t make your skin oily. Advanced Laser and Skin Center offers the Obagi Skin Care products. Contact us today to let us help you pick a moisturizer that will be great for your skins health.
Temperatures are soaring in our part of the country, remember summer heat can be dangerous.. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, hundreds of people die every year from heat-related illness/injury, which are always preventable.
The elderly and very young kids are most at risk. The way we regulate our temperature in hot conditions is by sweating. As our sweat evaporates, it cools our bodies. However on very hot muggy summer days, the humidity in the airs prevents this system from working effectively. Everyone is then at risk for heat-related injuries.
Heat illness goes from heat exhaustion to the condition called heat stroke. The warning signs of heat-related illness are cool, sweaty moist skin with goose bumps in the heat. Dizziness, headache, muscle cramps with nausea and vomiting can also be present. Once you notice any neurological changes such as confusion, hallucinations, seizures or the person becomes unconscious, you need to call 911 right away.
Any warning symptoms should prompt you to get out of the heat and into some place cool and keep replacing your fluids by drinking plenty of water. Here are some prevention tips to avoid heat-related illness:
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids; if you are sweating a lot, consider sports drinks to replace the salts and minerals. The electrolytes will be good for you.
- Cover up in the sun – Use sunscreen and wear loose, light-colored clothing as well as a wide-brimmed hat.
- Limit your activity during the hottest times of the day. Try not to be participating in outdoor activity during midday, which is the hottest part of the day.
- Pace yourself if you are exercising in the heat; do not allow your heart rate to be pounding or let yourself get completely out of breath.
- If you have to be indoors, keep your house well ventilated. If you are indoors and have no air-conditioning, open windows and use fans to circulate the air.
- Don’t delay getting help if needed. If you find yourself or someone else might be overheating or suffering from heat-related illness, move to a cooler shady area, and call 911.