Whether you’re into cottages, sipping wine on the patio, or taking kids to the splash pad, summer means outdoor time. While fresh air and sunshine can be enlivening, they can also be hazardous to our skin. The Ottawa Vein & Cosmetic Medical Clinic is dedicated to beautiful skin, so we’ve compiled a list of ways you can protect yourself from damage this summer.
If you’re heading out into the sun, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Not only will it protect your skin from drying out, but it will save you the pain and discomfort of a sunburn. Reapply every two hours for the best skin protection, and sooner if you’re swimming. Make sure you apply sunscreen even on cloudy or colder days because the sun can still cause damage to your skin.
Wash Your Face
Summer weather leads to greater buildups in the skin, even if you aren’t wearing makeup. Humidity, sweat, and sunscreen can fill your pores and cause breakouts. It’s a good idea to wash your face with cold water every morning and evening to clean your skin. A proper skincare routine can go a long way in making sure your skin stays healthy during the summer months. Also recommended – go easy on the makeup during the summer. The less you have on, the less there is to clog pores.
If you haven’t added moisturizer into your daily skincare routine, it’s time to do it. A lightweight cream is perfect for keeping your skin smooth during the summer. Apply it on damp skin to lock in moisture and get the best results. If you moisturize in the morning, you can find face lotions that have SPF in them.
Hats and Shade
Not all hats are made equal. A ball cap won’t provide the same coverage as a sun hat, which will keep UV rays off more skin at more angles. Get a hat that will provide some shelter from the sun, especially if you plan to spend extended periods in the sun. Seek out the shade of trees and buildings whenever possible.
The type of food you eat affects your skin, so make sure you’re consuming a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. That way, your skin is getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Antioxidants keep your skin glowing and have a range of other health benefits. Taking part in yoga or meditation can also reduce your chances of having a stress-induced acne breakout. Remember to hydrate as well. The recommended eight glasses of water a day can keep your skin plump and moist.
Indoor and Outdoor Times
The optimal times to be outside are before 10:00 am and after 2:00 pm. Between these times, UV rays are at their strongest and are more dangerous. You’re most likely to get a sunburn between these hours. If you plan to go out between these times, try to stay in the shade. You can create your own shade with a sunhat or an umbrella.
Turn down the temperature during your showers and cut the time. You would think that water would be good for it, but showers strip healthy oils away from your skin. This can leave your skin inflamed, dry and flaky. When you’re done with your shower, pat yourself dry instead of rubbing. If you have a body lotion or cream, this is a good time to moisturize.
Want more information? Contact us at Ottawa Vein & Cosmetic Medical Clinic to speak to a skincare specialist.