If there’s one thing to worry about with summer fast approaching, it’s your skin. You wear your skin 24 hours a day, it goes everywhere with you and everyone sees it. Exposure to the sun greatly increases your risk of skin cancer and melanoma. UV rays from the sun penetrate the body’s skin cells causing damage to free radicals, cause aging, and can cause skin cancer. I can’t bear getting sun burned, so if you’re like me always looking for ways to make your skin look better and ways to avoid being burnt, keep reading.
1. Exfoliate to your hearts desire
In the summer time I like to use light face washes. No peels or scrubs with sand in them such as St. Ive’s. This particular scrub causes me to break out especially in the summer. It’s a pretty rough scrub if you think about it. After all, you are rubbing sand all over your face. Some people may prefer it but I avoid it. If you’re like me and prefer light face washes try L’Oreal Go 360 clean deep exfoliating scrub. Cleaner skin makes for healthier skin, and healthier skin just looks better. If you are acne prone try to exfoliate once a day, if you are not acne prone, try every other day.
2. Moisturize your skin with love
Instead of a crème try hydrating your skin with a lotion. Lotions contain more water and less oil. Also, make sure to moisturize your feet often because your feet tend to be more exposed in the summer when you wear sandals.
3. Hydrate yourself and your skin
Exposure to heat can cause skin to become dehydrated even if it seems like your skin is oily. Sometimes oily skin can be a sign that your skin is dehydrated. It’s important to drink a lot of water on hot days at least 8, 8.4 ounce glasses of water a day.
4. Eat red and orange foods
Eat foods that are red and orange. These foods aren’t just red and orange; they also play a vital role in protecting your skin. Also, these foods are high in lycopene and beta-carotene, which help protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays and make it look more youthful.
5. Protect your skin
Always wear sun block when it’s very hot outside or it’s very sunny. Especially good sun blocks are ones with zinc oxide. Also, a trick my mother always taught me was to use baby rash creams, simply because they contain a lot of the things that are necessary to protect your skin such as Zinc oxide and vitamin D. I find Desitin baby rash cream to be very helpful for my dry hands.