The sizzling summer months are almost upon us here in Southeast Pennsylvania! In the lazy days of summer, many people enjoy spending lots of time outside soaking up the sun.
While there’s no harm at all in a little rest and relaxation while soaking up the rays, it’s incredibly important that you properly prepare your skin for increased sun exposure, as the sun’s harsh rays can actually be incredibly damaging to your skin if it isn’t properly equipped and maintained.
We’re talking more than just a nasty sunburn. For decades, scientific research has shown that unprotected sun exposure can cause serious damage to your skin, including an increased risk of skin cancer and rapidly increased aging.
At Renewed Vitality, we care about keeping you looking and feeling healthy, young, and beautiful. That’s why we’re giving you five great skin care tips to keep in mind when preparing for a little fun in the sun.
Never Forget Your Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a remarkable invention, so you need to make sure you’re using it properly! Sunblock and sunscreen is an absolute necessity when it comes to maintaining skin health in bright, hot weather.
Before you venture out into the pool or beach this summer, take the time to invest in some high-quality sunscreen products. Remember, the higher a product’s Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is, the better.
To ensure you’re always keeping your skin safe from the sun, you should use a quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and be sure to consistently reapply after exposure to water or heavy perspiration.
Avoid Overexposure to Harsh Daytime Heat
While sunblock can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, this is just the first step in the battle for healthy summer skin.
While spending all day soaking up the rays sounds like a dream to many, it’s important to limit your exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day, which typically occurs around early afternoon.
To make the most out of your summer and maintain your skin’s youthful glow, try to venture out only during the morning and early evening hours. Less exposure to extreme heat means a lower risk of skin damage.
Make Use of Protective Gear
It’s also incredibly important to take extra precautions to protect your body’s most vulnerable areas, including the delicate skin of your face as well as your eyes. You can do this by wearing wide-brimmed hats, UV-rated sunglasses, and the right amount of protective clothing while outside during the day.
Light cotton or clothing designed with built-in UV protection is a great option. These clothes are made from a tightly woven fabric that is breathable and cool without exposing your skin to the elements.
In addition, as much as you may be tempted to show off the guns or your hard-earned beach bod, you should wear long-sleeved, full length shirts as much as possible while outdoors in the summertime.
When it’s hot, your body knows it. Typically, it reacts by attempting to keep you cool with natural perspiration. This can often cause a grimy, sticky feeling, but it also means that your body is relying heavily on its internal fluids throughout the day. For this reason, it’s important to stay hydrated, giving your body all the fluid it needs to keep doing its job properly.
It’s always important to drink as much water as possible, but especially on hot days. Remember to take water with you wherever you go, and get into the habit of drinking it regularly, whether you feel particularly thirsty or not.
In addition, you should be extra careful regarding the consumption of diuretics like alcohol and soft drinks, as these beverages are a known cause of dehydration. In the summertime, you can also stay hydrated by consuming foods with a high water content, like salad greens and fruits.
Seek Alternatives to Maintaining Skin Health
Cooking yourself in the summer sun isn;t always the most ideal way of achieving tanned summer skin. There also exist self-tanning gels and bronzer products that can help you achieve the same glow without causing skin damage.
In addition, the best way to keep your skin healthy is by giving your body access to the natural hormones it needs to help keep you looking and feeling young, vibrant, and gorgeous.
At Renewed Vitality, we specialize in helping people get their lives back and achieve their dreams. We are the Berks County area’s premier facility for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other treatments. We serve both men and women, offering safe, effective care that relieves hormone imbalance symptoms and restores quality of life for patients at all stages of life. To learn more, don’t hesitate to contact Renewed Vitality in Wyomissing, PA today!