Four Tips for Better Summer Skin

School is (mostly) out for summer, which means sports like swimming, baseball, soccer and tennis are in full swing. It also means, if you’re a parent or athlete, you are probably going to be spending a lot more time outdoors than you did when school was in session.

So how do you keep your skin healthy with so much outdoor time? Here are four simple tips that should help.

  1. Exfoliate

Exfoliating regularly is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Throughout the day, you are bound to build up sweat and dirt. More than that, as you add make-up or sunscreen to your skin, your pores will become clogged. By exfoliating in the morning and at a night, you’ll remove dirt and dead skin, keeping your pores clear and healthy.

  1. Hydrate

Not only is it important to drink plenty of water throughout the day — if you’re active, you should drink at least 8 glasses — but it is also important to keep your skin hydrated as well. Just as its name suggests, moisturizers are a great way to add moisture back to your skin. You may also consider adding a moisturizing mask to your skin regime once a week. This will help give your skin an added moisture boost.

  1. Eat Well

You know the saying, “you are what you eat?” Well, as it turns out, your skin needs a lot of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Foods rich in antioxidants and protein, such as fresh produce, fish and eggs, can stimulate collage growth and help prevent wrinkles. Vitamin C and E are also important to your skins health, so be sure to load up on foods such as berries, nuts or citrus fruit. Cantaloupe and melons are also rich in antioxidants and can help hydrate your skin from the inside out.

  1. Treat Damaged Skin

Whether you have burned skin or not, UV light exposure can still cause skin damage such as brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles. Make sure you are treating your damaged skin appropriately. Apply aloe vera to sunburnt skin, or slather on some plain yogurt — the lactic acid found in yogurt has been found to have calming and soothing benefits.

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Charleston Dermatology