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Summertime Skin Health and Beauty Tips

Going outdoors provides fresh air, exercise and much needed sun exposure to bolster your vitamin D levels. There are some things that you need to know to protect your skin and make the summer as enjoyable as possible.

Protect Your Skin

The UV rays that help you to get that tanned look also cause free radical damage and can prematurely age your skin. It is advisable to tan gradually, as the body does have the ability to slowly adapt to the sun by creating a tan. Far too many people get suntanned too quickly, ending up sun burned.

Here are some basic things you must remember about skin care in the summer:

  • Increase your antioxidant intake to help augment their natural protection for the radiation of the sun.
  • Stay hydrated. Dry skin is less resilient and more likely to succumb to the ravages of the sun. It is recommended that a person increase their liquid intake to 3 liters per day minimally on warm days.
  • Increase your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids to help fuel your internal moisturizing systems. Some sources are fish oil and salmon.
  • Use zinc oxide as a sunscreen. Note: Apply sunscreen with care. Many of the sun SPF products are harsh on the body. This reference provides a comprehensive guide on SPF products: http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/

Other Essential Tips

Sweating

Avoid clogging up your skin pores on your face by using makeup powders. Carry lint/dust free oil blotting sheets instead. This can help lessen the chances of getting skin blemishes, such as acne, from sweating. Also when possible rinse your face with cool water without soap to rinse off dirt and grime that can settle on your face after being outdoors.

Controlling Heat-Induced Eye Puffiness

One thing most people experience after a day in the sun and outdoor heat is some facial swelling around the eyes. Place cold slices of raw potato or cucumber over your eyes and lay back and relax. This helps the skin become tauter and may significantly reduce puffiness.

Sweat Stains

You go out for a day of enjoyment on a warm day and sweat more than expected in your favorite outfit, developing unwanted sweat stains. Sprinkle a little lemon juice on the stained area right before washing them.

Increase Sun-Induced Hair Highlights

Some people enjoy the lightening effects that the sun has on their hair.  If you want to try to increase the sun highlights you may wish to mix a little coconut oil, lemon juice and a hint of salt into your hair prior to going to the pool or seashore. If you have delicate hair or colored hair, check with your hairdresser before doing this.

Protecting your Hair from Sun Highlights

If you would rather keep your natural hair color, spray SPF leave-in hair conditioner in your hair before going outside. Much like we protect our skin, the hair can benefit from SPF protection.

Being Nice to Your Lips

Far too often people forget to protect their lips from the ravages of excess sun exposure. Just like your skin and hair, your lips can become damaged due to the sun. Zinc oxide or a lip balm with SPF protection is helpful. Also you can use a sugar cube or honey to soothe chapped and rough lips.

Conclusion

Enjoy the summer weather while it is here. The key is moderation and working up your tolerance to the power of the sun. Remember when going outside during the summer, precautions must be taken to deal with another kind of weather extreme. Just like we dress and bundle up for winter weather, as we shed our winter layers, we are now counting on our own skin to protect us. We have to remember to protect it as well.

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