Do you think this summer will take away the glow of your skin? Well, looking at the hot burning sun and sizzling flames, it is high time to protect your skin from tan and darkness. Summers are co-related to vacation, going to the neighborhood pool, or relaxing on the beautiful beaches. During this time, when you are having fun on beautiful sunny days, the ultra-violet rays from the sun can damage your skin, causing wrinkles, aging of skin, unsightly sun spots, sunburn, and in some cases skin cancer.
What can you do to avoid your skin from all these harmful effects of summer?
Have a look at some of the preventive steps to protect your skin this summer while you cherish those beautiful moments of your summer outings.
Stay away from the sun between 10 A.M to 2 P.M
Sun is more intense during this time of the day and the ultra-violet rays travel shorter distance to reach the earth. So, plan your activities either early morning or late afternoon. Sun exposure can be reduced to nearly 60% by avoiding outdoor activities during these peak sun intensity hours.
Stay in Shades
Another way of protecting your skin from the hot sun is staying in the shades. If the outdoor activities are unavoidable, spend as much time as possible in shaded areas. Using an umbrella is a good option when you are out. Opt for the right size of an umbrella, for example, if you are on the beach you need to use an oversized umbrella so that you and your family can take a break after spending enough time in the sizzling sun.
Drink enough Water
Water is the best source to keep your body hydrated. With an increase in temperature, increase in water intake is also very important. Don’t wait for the indication of thirst to drink water. You have already lost 1% of your body water and are dehydrated when you feel thirsty. Chances of serious fatigue and cardiovascular impairments are more when you lose 2 % of body water. So, you should make it a habit of drinking water frequently during the summer season.
Intake Healthy Food
Eat food that is rich in antioxidants. Reduce sugar, refined and processed food as these foods provide enough for premature aging. Intake of fruits and vegetables, whether steamed or raw, in salads or a part in recipes can fulfill the need of anti-oxidants and nutrients which your skin needs in summer. Include essential fats in your diet to preserve your skin’s moisture and make it supple.
Shun Reflective Surfaces
About 85% of sun rays which reflect from surfaces such as water, sand, snow, building glass raise the risk of skin damage. These surfaces are reflective surfaces. People going to beach and ski trips easily get exposed to reflective surfaces. Take proper precautions to avoid skin damage from these surfaces.
Apply Sunscreen when Outdoors
Use sunscreens that provide protection for both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens with UVA and UVB protection prevents sunburn and take care of your skin from long-term effects of the sun. Use at least SPF 30 sunscreen. The higher SPF number means greater protection. Apply sunscreen every two hours and certainly after swimming or when sweating.
Never go into a Tanning Bed
A tanning bed is one of the cancer-causers. It increases the risk of skin cancer as it produces the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Moreover, the chances of getting cataracts and ocular melanoma increases on using tanning beds.
Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection
Eyes are the sensitive part of your body. Protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays by wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Avoid wrinkles and premature aging of the delicate skin around your eyes by using effective sunglasses. Using close-fitted wrap style frames protect your eyes from wind, snow, dust and debris as they act as an effective barrier.
Choose Light-Colored and Thin Clothing
Light –colored clothing regulates the body temperature during the soaring months of summer. Avoid wearing dark-colored and thick clothing as these clothes absorb heat from the sun. By wearing light-colored clothes sun’s heat can be reflected away from the body and you can be kept cool for longer hours. It is very important to choose the right fabric to wear in summer. Go for natural fabrics such as cotton, silk and linen, which keep you comfortable and much cooler.
Wear Headgear or Hat
Wear a wide-brimmed hat that protects your head, face, ear and neck that are often at higher risk of skin damage. You can find different varieties of hats in the market. Choose a suitable one that makes you comfortable as well as stylish.
Remember to Protect the Generally Missed Spots
Spots like scalp, eyelids, lips, neck, ears, feet and hands are typically missed by many of us. Apply SPF 30 sunscreen lotion to protect eyelids, neck and ear area as well as hands and feet. Scalp can be protected by wearing hat. In summer lips crack occur and it is very much painful as well. Avoid cracks of lips by drinking enough water. Lip balm and lip gloss must be avoided without using sun-protection cream.
Home Remedies for Spotless Skin in Summer
Protect your delicate skin in summer by trying out some homemade remedies. If you don’t want to burn your pockets on expensive spa products, then go for natural homemade face packs. These face packs are easy to prepare, but with a little patience. Face packs such as Lemon and Aloe Vera, Curd and Gram Flour, Sandalwood and Rose water, etc works wonders in summer.
What should you look during skin self-check?
- Check out for a spot, sore, bump or scaly lesion that continues to itch, ooze, bleed or hurt.
- Look outto open sores that take a long time to heal (2-3 weeks).
- Beware of a spot with yellow, white or waxy scar-like area or a reddish irritated area.
- For moles look for theABCD’s –Asymmetry, Border Irregularity, Color Irregularity and Diameter Evolution.
Summer is the tremendous time to relax and re-charge your life. It is a time when people want to go for vacation and trips with family and friends. While you enjoy summer holiday, follow these preventive measures to take care of your skin. If you notice any unusual spot or scar, visit your dermatologist immediately.
Protect your skin by giving little attention to it so that you remain glowing, beautiful and stylish!