I have a love hate relationship with hot weather because unless you’re in a swim suit, at the pool, you’re MISERABLE. I am, at least. Then again, I’d say the same thing about cold weather: I’m only happy bundled up by a fire. LOL I can’t be satisfied.
Since my only relief from being in a freaking OVEN all day is the pool, I’m pretty much living there. Unless I’m at work or running errands, I’m posted up on a chaise lounge with my book and my headphones, hopping in the pool every 20ish minutes…because I’m not about to look like a prune.
NO THANK YOU.
With all this sun exposure comes extremely important skin care. I feel like summer skin care is totally underrated and not thought about very often. BUT IT NEEDS TO BE. Sun rash, acne, dry skin, or wrinkles are not cute. And skin cancer is the OPPOSITE of sexy.
Here are the facts:
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. Excessive sun exposure increases the risk of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Too much sun can also discoloration in portions of the skin, premature wrinkles and age spots, loose skin, dry patches, breakouts, and (of course) sun burn.
Basically excessive sun is a no go. And inadequate skin care just makes the situation WAY worse. It’s time to get preventative, babes!
So here are a few tipity-tips to battle those totally unwanted summer skin problems:
+Exfoliation removes dry and dead skin from the top layer of your skin, which, if not removed, causes pore congestion and flaky skin. Sun exposure can dry out your skin even further, so exfoliating helps keep the skin as hydrated as possible.
+On that note, HYDRATE LIKE A MAD WOMAN. “Coconut oil morning, noon, and night” is kind of my daily mantra. I’m constantly moisturizing. Especially in the heat, our bodies diminish their hydration stores quicker which causes wrinkles and dry skin. I pay extra attention to my lips and hands! Cracked lips are not welcome.
+I increase my water intake! Like I said, hotter weather makes for less hydration, so extra water doesn’t hurt. I have this huge water bottle and I try to fill it up twice in a day.
+Apply and reapply and REAPPLY sunscreen. Do it, seriously. I’m naturally very, very pale so even just the slightest sun exposure without sunscreen has me looking like a tomato/lobster/strawberry/you get it. So I lather it on routinely, especially when I’m tanning. I like going for the higher SPF too. 40 to 50 SPF usually does it for me.
WebMD says your sunscreen should have the following qualities:
It is water resistant. Sweat or water cannot easily remove it.
It has SPF of 15 or higher. Skin damage can happen even without a burn. Plus, higher SPF numbers do not give proportionate protection. SPF 15 deflects 93% of sun-burning rays, whereas SPF 30 deflects 97%, reports the AAD.
It provides broad-spectrum protection, which is in sunscreens containing benzophenones, cinnamates, sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium oxide, zinc oxide, and avobenzone. Unless it has these agents, the sunscreen may filter only UVB light, the major culprit for sunburn and skin cancer. Yet, protection from UVA is important, too. It is responsible for premature aging and the development of skin cancer.
+Check your skin regularly for irregular moles and discolorations. The sooner your find something abnormal the less likely it can become seriously harmful. Skin cancer is totally preventable AND treatable if caught early enough. So consult your dermatologist if you have any concerns!
+And when I’m totally desperate for some color, spray tans are my GO TO. No sun damage there! And depending on what tanning salon you go to, some spray tan formulas have SPF in them so you get some sun protection. How perfect, right?!
Any tips I missed? How do you keep your skin healthy during the summer?!