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5 Summertime Skin Care Tips

With warmer temperatures and more time outside, summer also brings more opportunities for your skin to be exposed to the sun and other elements. The effects can increase your risk of causing permanent damage to your skin. 

While relaxed routines may leave more time for fun in the summer, it’s no time to take a vacation from daily skin care. Following a regimen that counters the effects of the sun, saltwater, and chlorinated pools can help you maintain your skin and keep it healthy without sacrificing your enjoyment.

Working with a skin care specialist can help you ensure you’re doing all you can to protect and maintain your skin. James Volpe, DO, of GLO Aesthetics in Philadelphia, has over 20 years of experience in primary care and aesthetics and is double-board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Volpe diagnoses and treats a wide range of skin care issues to improve his patients’ health and appearance.

Based on years of experience, Dr. Volpe and the GLO Aesthetics team know what’s involved in maintaining healthy summer skin. Follow these five summertime skin care tips to protect your skin at this time of year.

#1 Use sunscreen daily

While the warmth of the sun can be inviting after a long, dreary winter, the sun’s UV levels are at their highest and most damaging in the summer months. That means the sun can do more damage in less time, increasing your risk of skin cancer, a disease that ranks as the most common cancer in the United States

You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by following recommendations from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to use sunscreen every day of the year. For the best defense from both skin cancer and premature aging, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection (SPF) factor of 30 or higher. A product that protects against both UVA and UVB rays helps prevent both skin cancer and premature aging. 

When applying sunscreen, use about one ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, for your entire body, including your face and all exposed skin. Always apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before your exposure to the sun. Reapply two or three times a day, averaging at least every two hours. 

When using water-resistant sunscreen, read your sunscreen’s label to find out whether your sunscreen lasts for 40 or 80 minutes. Reapply accordingly if you’re swimming or sweating. 

#2 Cover up

While sunscreen is an effective barrier from the sun’s damaging UV rays, you can increase your level of protection with clothing such as tightly woven t-shirts or shorts. High-SPF clothing that’s treated to absorb UV rays can provide protection comparable to sunscreen without the worry of reapplication. 

Use sunglasses and a brimmed hat for extra protection for your eyes and face. Wearing sunglasses prevents you from squinting, which can lead to the formation of crow’s feet and wrinkles around your eyes. They can also help reduce your risk of cataracts, cancer, and eye growths, common results of sun exposure.

#3 Drink plenty of water

Water helps you maintain healthy skin inside and out. While eight glasses daily is the standard recommendation, you may need more if you’re exercising or active in the heat. 

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Like other organs, it works most efficiently when it has adequate water. When your body is properly hydrated, your skin flushes out toxins and prevents dehydration. 

Drinking water also helps counter the drying effects of sitting in the sun or swimming in chlorine. Dry skin emphasizes wrinkles and creases, which can add to the older appearance of dry skin.

#4 Exfoliate

Exfoliation involves removing dead skin cells from your outer layer of skin. These dead cells can accumulate grime from oil, sweat, sunscreen, and pollutants. 

Oily, dirty skin cells can contribute to clogged pores that result in blackheads and pimples. By removing these dead cells, you can make your skin look more radiant and encourage new skin cells to regenerate more quickly. 

You can exfoliate with a sponge, brush, or body scrub to physically remove the dead skin cells.

Chemical exfoliation removes dead cells by gently dissolving them with chemicals, such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids. 

#5 Moisturize

It may seem surprising to moisturize during the summer but doing so helps to prevent dry, flaky skin that can crack from the sun, chlorine, or saltwater. 

Don’t forget to moisturize your lips which can become easily chapped and cracked when you’re in the sun for long periods. A lip balm with SPF can both protect and moisturize this sensitive area. Start following these summertime skin care tips early to enjoy healthy, glowing skin all summer. Find out more about ways to keep looking your best this season by calling or requesting an appointment at our office today.

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