Now that the sun is high and bright and summer is upon us it is time to start thinking about more than this season’s vacation spot and new swimsuit. While many people prepare for summer by exercising a bit more and eating less – we don’t always consider the health of our skin in preparation for bright summer months.
First and foremost, begin to prepare your skin for hot summer days by drinking lots of water. It is important to consume water year round by drinking a minimum of 8 glasses a day. The summer heat calls for a greater level of water intake in order to keep your body and skin properly hydrated. Consider drinking 10-12 glasses of water a day for optimal protection from dry, peeling skin and to keep your skin healthy enough to absorb sunscreen products throughout the season.
Secondly, but just as importantly as water intake is proper sunscreen use. You should definitely use sunscreen year round to protect your skin but this is especially important during the summer when most people are exposing skin to the elements more frequently and for longer periods of time.
Be sure to buy a sunscreen product that will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays because both are harmful – even though not all products address both. If you’re concerned about additional breakouts due to added oil from your sunscreen consider buying a product that is specially formulated for your face or other areas prone to breakouts such as your back and chest. Water intake will also help prevent breakouts.
Finally, it is always a good idea to schedule a pre-summer visit to your dermatologist for a complete examination. The physicians at Laser and Mohs Dermatology of New York can help you identify a plan of action to maintaining healthy skin this summer, offer professional grade products for protecting your skin and notify you of any problem areas to keep an eye on.
Contact our office for your summer skin evaluation today!