Summertime Tips to Keep the Sun From Wreaking Havoc on Your Skin

After a long winter, it may be tempting to bare your skin and soak up the sun. Don't let the warm weather fool you. The sun is beautiful, but it's also damaging. To enjoy it, you'll need protection so your skin can stay healthy.

Our doctors at Stirling Skin Care Clinic specialize in skincare. Whether you suspect you might already have sun damage or you're looking for ways to prevent it, we can help you.

We want to make sure you’re doing all you can to prevent damage and premature aging, which is why we provided some tips. Here are a few things you can do to keep your skin safe this summer:

Start with sunscreen

The easiest way to enjoy the sun and protect your skin is to use sunscreen every day — even when it’s cloudy.

Sunscreen forms an effective barrier between you and the sun’s harmful rays. Those rays can be either UVA or UVB. You should guard against both kinds. Make sure your sunscreen is labeled as "full-spectrum" or "broad spectrum" to ensure you’re protected from it all.

Our team recommends using a product with an SPF of at least 30. That means you can stay in the sun 30 times longer than you could with no protection, without your skin reddening. 

Do your best to stay away from sunscreen with an SPF less than 30; that's not enough protection. You also want to make sure you're applying sunscreen 15 minutes before you go outside and reapplying every two hours.

Watch the clock

You can do your skin a big favor by avoiding the sun during certain times of the day. The rays are most damaging between 10 am and 4 pm. Simply staying indoors during the midday can help save your skin.

Unfortunately, it's not always possible to stay inside during the day. When you have no choice but to go outside, take extra precautions. One way is to bring your shade with you. Big hats and umbrellas allow you to go anywhere you want at any time of day.

Besides sunscreen, many garments now come infused with sun protection. Your shirt, pants, and even your swimwear can join in the effort.

Sleep it off

Many people don’t realize the power of a good night’s sleep. Not only is sleep important for your overall health, but it’s also important for your skin.

While you're sleeping, your skin repairs itself and regenerates. If your sleep suffers, so does your skin.

Speaking of sleep, one of the best times to apply your skincare products is at night. You're typically not stressed before bed and you're not surrounded by all those environmental factors. Before you say goodnight, slather on your calming creams and serums. Your skin will absorb them overnight so you wake up to a fresher face.

Quench your skin

Your skin gets thirsty just like you do. In fact, since it’s the largest organ in your body, your skin requires lots of water to keep it healthy. You can treat your skin by drinking plenty of water throughout the entire day. Your skin will respond by staying hydrated, soft, and elastic. 

You can also quench your dry skin externally, too. When your skin feels dry and itchy, it’s a sure sign it needs a little help. Slather on some good quality lotion to keep it moisturized during the hot summer months.

Slough it off

Lotion is a quick fix for dull, dry skin, but exfoliating can really bring out the youthful glow you’re looking for. When you see flaky parched skin, what you’re really looking at is dead skin cells.

Because your skin is constantly regenerating itself, the old ones move to the surface and sit there until they fall off. Exfoliating speeds up that process.

You can choose either a body loofah or a topical scrub, but whichever you use, make sure it’s gentle. It doesn’t take much to carefully slough off those spent skin cells. Too much pressure can scratch your skin and leave it vulnerable to infection.

Our team is ready to answer any skincare questions you have. We also offer a wide range of skincare treatments. Whether you have sun damage, age spots, wrinkles, or scars, we can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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