If you’re like many people, summer is likely one of your favorite times of the year. However, as you enjoy all that the warm weather has to offer, it’s important that you protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Aside from applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen and taking cover in the shade whenever possible, here are a few other tips that can help keep your skin looking youthful.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Prolonged exposure to the summer heat can break down skin cells, leaving you looking dry and dull in appearance. By cleansing and exfoliating, you are removing dead skin cells and promoting the healthy cells beneath to put forth your most vibrant skin possible.
A considerable amount of time spent in the sun will eventually dry out your skin. One of the easiest things you can do to take care of your skin is to hydrate from the inside out. Eight glasses of water per day is usually sufficient, but you may want to drink more if you’re in the sun for extended periods of time.
Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, which attack healthy cells, can cause aging, and are precursors to cancer. By applying skincare products that contain vitamins C, E, and green tea, you can protect your skin from premature aging and even reverse the effects of sun damage.
Avoid Tanning Beds
With the popularity of tanning, it’s easy to get swept up in the craze of regularly visiting the tanning salon. What you may not know is the lights used in these tanning beds produce the same UVA and UVB rays that the sun emits and increase your risk for developing skin cancer. For a healthy tan, sunless tanning lotions can give you the sun-kissed glow you desire.
If you feel like your skin is in need of a little revitalization, we encourage you to contact our Maryland practice today. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Alex Mesbahi looks forward to meeting you and discussing how your skin can be improved. Enjoy the rest of your summer!