If you are the type of person who likes to stay active outside no matter what time of year, you want your skin to reflect your lifestyle: healthy and vibrant. It is possible with preparation, protection, and perfecting your skin care routine.
Best Ways to Protect Your Skin
If you love the outdoors, it is essential to make sure your skin is protected from the sun’s harsh UVA and UVB rays. That applies whether you are on a beach in the summer or on the ski slopes in the winter. Radiation not only damages your skin on a cellular level; it is a top cause of premature aging. To prevent this, you need to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen anytime you go outside, even for short periods.
The best sunblock won’t do its job if it is expired and used improperly. First, check the expiration date on that bottle of sunblock that has been sitting in your bathroom cabinet for who-knows-how-long, and replace it if necessary. Be sure to reapply it every two hours in the sun and after activities like swimming. It’s easy to forget to reapply, so set a timer on your phone if you need a reminder.
Some people hate the feel of greasy sunscreen on their face, which deters them from reapplying or applying at all. Fortunately, there are many formulations on the market to accommodate every preference: sensitive skin sunblock, non-greasy formulas, as well as a variety of creams, oils, and sprays.
Don’t forget to protect your lips; they are often forgotten when it comes to sunscreen and as a result are a common skin cancer site. Protect them with a balm or gloss that contains a high SPF, and remember to reapply often.
Remove Dead Skin
No matter what time of year, exfoliation is an important part of skincare. Our skin is constantly shedding surface cells. If these are not removed, they accumulate and make the skin tone look dull. Some people also have issues with clogged pores; others have itchiness and flakiness from dead skin, as well. A gentle exfoliation a few times a week will help resolve these issues and keep your skin looking bright and healthy.
Moisturize Your Skin Daily
Use a moisturizer attuned to your skin type and the time of year. Creams and butters can prevent chapped skin in harsh winter winds. In summer, look for a light, refreshing moisturizer. Gels and lotions are the lightest forms and will absorb quickly into the skin. Apply your daily moisturizer after the shower for quickest absorption.
Get a Sunkissed Glow Without the Sun
If you are light-skinned and seek a warm glow, don’t look to the sun or a tanning bed. The American Academy of Dermatology warns against tanning beds in particular, saying a single session can increase the risk of melanoma by 20 percent, basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent, and squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent. If you’re fair-skinned, it is best to stick to a bronzer or experiment with an FDA-approved self-tanner, if you’re not allergic.
If you are Black or dark-skinned, it is still important to wear sun protection to guard against skin cancer. Limiting exposure to the sun, caring for your skin, and taking precautions are easy ways for all of us to achieve glowing skin safely. For more tips on how to protect your skin and help it look its healthy best, contact our Facial Aesthetics in Chicago, IL.
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