With seasonal changes, some tweaks to your beauty routine are necessary. With warmer weather and less clothing in the summer, it’s essential to keep your skin healthy and looking its best. Staying properly protected from the sun’s harmful rays should be your first plan of defense but there are some other small adjustments you can make to ensure your skin is smooth and radiant this summer and the seasons after. We spoke to the pros to clear up some common misconceptions to ensure you’re treating your skin the right way come beach season.
Apply sunscreen correctly. It’s not just about wearing sunscreen—it’s about applying it correctly. “Skin that is not protected by clothing should be generously covered with about an ounce of sunscreen (the equivalent of a standard shot glass), and it should be applied at least every two hours,” says Mt. Kisco, NY, dermatologist, David E. Bank, MD. If you do get burnt, over-the-counter pain medication, cool compresses and staying hydrated will help with the pain and healing, according to San Diego dermatologist Susan Stuart, MD. “If your sunburn is accompanied by blisters, involves large areas or is associated with signs of infection like fever, chills then see a physician,” she adds.
Stop sunspots. Sunscreen should be your main strategy to stopping sunspots but if you do plan on catching some rays, they might be inevitable. “If you get sunspots in the summer, increase the number of your sunblock and make sure you reapply frequently (every 1-2 hours), wear a hat and clothes and stay in the shade as much as possible,” recommends New York dermatologist Rebecca Baxt, MD. Visit your dermatologist to discuss options for clearing your pigmentation issues when you’re no longer in the sun.
Stay moisturized. Skin can be dry in the winter, but this can happen in the summer too. “Sun exposure sucks moisture from your skin,” says Dr. Bank. So, perhaps keep a few of your thicker moisturizers around. Also, remember to moisturize from the inside out by drinking plenty of water.
Fight breakouts. It’s a common misconception that sun exposure will dry up acne; however, this is not the case according to Dr. Bank. “Don’t disregard using acne fighting products such as salicylic acid cleansers. Chances are your skin will be clogged during the summer months due to an increase in sweating and sunscreen use,” he says.
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