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Summer Skin Care Tips

We look forward to outdoor activities in the summer, but protecting our skin from the sun is essential.

Sun Protection for Skin

A good water-resistant sunscreen, with an SPF of 15 or higher, should be applied to dry skin at least 15 minutes before going outdoors. It should be reapplied after swimming or spending any length of time in the sun. Lips should be protected with a medicated lip balm, with an SPF of 24% or higher, and topical medications used to treat cold sores that may occur from overexposure to the sun. It is a good idea to wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to shade the face and neck. Hydrosols, or floral scented waters, can be used to cool and refresh the skin during the summer.

Summer Makeup & Facial Care

Makeup should be used sparingly and thoroughly removed at bedtime. Establish a good cleansing routine, morning and night, using a gentle facial cleanser. Avoid the drying effects of soap by using a body wash and add bath or shower oil to your bath. Pamper your skin in the summer with a liberal application of moisturizers to restore suppleness and prevent wrinkles from forming.

Eating Healthy

In addition, certain foods and beverages, such as herbal teas, avocados, and fruit, help in purifying and nourishing the skin in summer. Spicy or hot foods should be avoided if you plan on spending any length of time outdoors, as these may cause skin irritations or inflammations. Drinking lots of water is absolutely essential to replenish moisture lost to the drying effects of the sun. The importance of eliminating stress and getting adequate rest cannot be overemphasized for your skin to have a natural, healthy glow of summer.

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