Fun in the sun is part of summer. What you don’t need to worry about is the sun damaging your delicate skin, as long as you’re taking good care of it. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage skin and even cause it to age prematurely. There are many things you can do today to avoid wrinkles and painful sunburn this summer.
Our kind and thoughtful crew of experts at Everest Urgent Care in Upper Darby and Havertown, Pennsylvania, is comprised of a team of health care experts. Using all-natural and holistic approaches to skin care, our skilled professionals know how to keep your skin safe from the sun this summer, as well as help you eliminate the sun damage you’re already experiencing.
5 tips for skin safety this summer
Besides making your skin dull and wrinkly, too much sun exposure increases your chances of getting skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to create and follow a healthy skin care routine.
1. Preventive efforts
Making sure your skin is protected before you even leave your house is one surefire way to avoid sunburn. Using sunscreen every day should be an important component of your skin care routine. You can use a daily moisturizer that already contains SPF, or you can use a separate product to protect your skin. If you’re spending the day outside, reapply sunscreen often. Additionally, try to stay in shaded areas as much as possible, and consider using protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats.
2. Examine bad habits
A major unhealthy habit that contributes to many diseases is smoking. Smoking makes your blood vessels constrict, leading to decreased blood flow. It not only harms your body inside, but it also damages your skin. With only small amounts of blood making it to the surface of your skin’s outer layer, you begin to look pale. Your skin looks dull, diminishing your youthful glow. Keep your skin safe and healthy by giving bad habits the heave-ho.
3. Inspect your diet
Like tobacco usage, your diet affects your body, inside and out. Staying hydrated and making good food choices have an immediate impact on your skin’s appearance. To keep skin smooth, supple, and youthful, eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Eating a wide variety of foods typically offers enough of this healthy fat. These are foods that include cold-water fish like tuna and salmon, nuts, seeds, plant oils, and some brands of yogurt and eggs. You can also get beneficial omega-3s from supplements like cod liver oil or algal oil. A diet rich in a variety of foods provides acne reduction, controls oil production, and delays aging of the skin.
4. Create a gentle skin care routine
It’s essential to wash your face every day. Doing this with harsh and abrasive products causes more harm than good. Be gentle with your skin care routine by using mild cleansing products and moisturizers. Your skin shouldn’t feel tight or dry after washing your face. If it does, it’s time to consider a gentler product. Refrain from using hot water, which will cause more dryness, and instead, use lukewarm water for washing and rinsing. After washing, pat your face dry, and leave it a bit damp to help your moisturizer thoroughly sink into the pores and hydrate your skin.
5. Indulge in an anti-aging treatment
If you’re already dealing with damaged skin, don’t worry. Dr. Xiaobin Li is an expert in anti-aging treatments, helping patients turn back the hands of time on dull and sagging skin. Using PicoSure® skin rejuvenation at Everest Urgent Care is one way to eliminate the harsh effects of the sun this summer. This light-based technology treats age lines, wrinkles, scars, and sunspots. If you want to begin this summer with a fresh face and fresh start, PicoSure provides a smoother, healthier-looking complexion to get you ready for beach season.
Do you want to discuss other ways to keep your skin safe this summer? Call our offices at one of our two locations for more information. You can also send us a secure message.