The heat, chlorine, salt water and humidity take their toll on your skin in the upcoming summer months, but the #1 cause of wrinkles is sun exposure. University Dermatology offers these helpful summer skin care tips for keeping your skin protected and beautiful all summer long.
Create a Routine
Summer skin care requires some effort on your part. Regular application of sun protection, professional facials and a good home skin care regimen are your best defense against the sun and the havoc summer can wreak on your skin.
Monthly Professional Facials
Your skin deserves some extra TLC in the summer. While the first step of your summer skin care regimen should be to change your home care products, it’s essential to implement monthly facials. High temperatures trigger oil production and clog pores. Monthly facials give your overtaxed skin a break, soothe sensitivity and keep your pores clean.
Load up on Topical and Internal Antioxidants
The sun contains damaging free radicals, which perpetuate aging. Using antioxidants topically (serums and moisturizers) and internally by eating sweet potatoes, berries, tomatoes, spinach and vitamin C supplements will give your body the defense it needs.
Even if you don’t expose your skin to the sun, 78% of all sun damage is from incidental exposure (like driving, walking). In fact, most of the aging on your hands (sun spots and wrinkles) is from driving in the car. Apply a moisturizer and a hand cream that contains a minimum SPF #30 sun block every morning.
The Truth about SPF
Using Sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is the key to protecting your skin. Generously reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. Sunscreen wears off, sweats off and rinses off, so reapply every hour if you are out in the sun.
Blot and Blot Often
There’s no wonder product to reduce or control the extra oil the summer months produce for some. Using oil blotting papers during the day will control the shine by removing the oils from your skin. In a pinch paper towels or napkins will work.
Wash your Makeup Brushes Every Week
Your skin is oilier during the summer and that oil and bacteria gets caught up in the bristles of your makeup brushes which results in clogged pores. Fill a glass with warm water and add 1 TBSP of gentle shampoo, swish your brushes and create lather then rinse well and use a comb to detangle and reshape. Dry upright in a glass in the sun. (The sun kills bacteria).
Concerned about which skin care products are right for you and your skin? Contact the experts at University Dermatology for an appointment by calling 704.596.1787