It is always important to take care of your skin, but during the summer skin care becomes crucial. We put our bodies through a lot, but our skin, the body’s largest organ, inevitably faces damage over the years. During the summer the sun’s UV rays are extra harsh and paired with more time spent outdoors, skin care is even more vital. Most people apply sunscreen before spending excessive time outside, but there are other important, often overlooked steps of skin care that will keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
Everyone knows the recommended serving of 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day, but hydration is paramount during the summer. Water allows the skin and body to detoxify and also maintains the balance of moisture in the skin. In addition, not drinking water during the summer can cause internal dehydration, dizziness and headaches.
Almost everyone applies sunscreen before swimming, but what about before running errands or exercising outdoors? Applying sunscreen, at least to the face, should become part of your morning routine during the summer. The delicate skin on the face is more susceptible to sunburn as well as future damage to the skin including wrinkles, sun spots and even potential skin cancer. For the best protection, only use sunscreen that is at least 15 SPF or higher as well as water resistant.
Using an exfoliating face scrub or body wash cleans out pores and removes dead skin cells. Not only will exfoliating give you softer, clearer skin, but it can also improve your skins hydration. Make sure after exfoliating you apply adequate sunscreen, exfoliated skin is even more susceptible to sun damage.
Exercising has many other benefits aside from keeping you healthy. Sweat is the body’s natural method of cleansing itself. Exercise increases blood flow and cellular debris is flushed out, essentially cleaning the skin from the inside. Exercising also helps regulate body temperature, reduces stress, and improves circulation which keeps your skin glowing and healthy.
Spending time in the sun gives your body necessary vitamin D, but too much time in the sun will cause brown spots, wrinkles, and can age skin beyond your years. If your skin has been damaged by the sun, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jensen. Every facial rejuvenation plan is designed to meet the specific needs of the individual. See how Dr. Jensen can help you achieve your goals and help you to feel comfortable and confident in your skin again.