3 Top Tips For Healthy Summer Skin

While it’s sometimes tempting to hide away inside, especially on a bad day, the benefits of spending some time outside can’t be overstated. Not only is it good for your mental and emotional wellbeing, going outside generally involves some form of exercise. A gentle walk is far healthier than curling up on the couch.

Recently, there has been a great deal of information about the risks and benefits of sunlight exposure to the skin. A large amount of UV light exposure, which is the light from the sun, has been proven to increase the risk of skin cancer and is attributed to premature aging. However, the sun is also the primary way that people produce vitamin D and some studies suggest that sunlight may be better for people than first thought.

Bearing this in mind, how can you benefit from the great outdoors, while making sure that your skin stays as healthy as possible?

  1. Moisturize Often

Spending a lot of time outside can be great for your health, but harsh on your skin. This may be because of exposure to the sun, wind, or even the salty water of the sea if you’re so inclined. However, there is one thing that you can do year-round to keep your skin as soft and supple as possible.

Moisturize once or twice a day, or at least as often as possible. Everyone has different skin types, of course, meaning that some people would benefit from moisturizing more often than others. If nothing else, try to regularly moisturize your face and hands, as they are most exposed to the outside world. 

  1. Wear Sunscreen

While UV light does have some health benefits, if you’re going to spend a long time in the sun, you should still wear some kind of protection. This is obviously important if you’re prone to sunburn, but even those who burn more slowly would benefit from making sure that they don’t get too much exposure to the sun. 

Some foundations and moisturizers have an SPF rating, meaning that they provide a measure of protection from sunlight. Mineral-based sunscreens, such as those produced by Colorscience, have a rating of SPF 50. They’re also useful to people who are allergic to chemical-based sunscreens, as they work by physically blocking the UV light from your skin. 

If you wear sunscreen, you should make sure that you get enough vitamin D via other means. If you’d rather get it from the sun, try to wear sunscreen on your face and hands, as they are the areas most likely to prematurely age due to sun exposure. 

  1. Keep Hydrated

Last but certainly not least, you should make sure that you drink plenty of water. Hydration is vital to general health, but it also benefits your skin. Your skin is largely made up of water, so it’s logical to assume that ensuring that it has enough of a water intake certainly can’t hurt. 

This is definitely true in summer, which is when we’re more likely to get dehydrated. Too much water can be dangerous, but about 8-10 cups should keep you hydrated and may help your skin. 

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