Tips for Keeping Skin Healthy When the Temperatures Soar
As winter fades away and becomes replaced with spring and summer sunshine, it’s easy to get busy and forget about taking proper care of your skin. While your skin might not get as dry and irritated in the warmer temperatures as it does in winter months, it’s still essential to take care of your skin to keep you looking and feeling your best. Follow these tips for keeping skin healthy when temperatures soar.
Protect Your Skin With the Right Sunscreen
No matter where you live, it’s imperative to protect your skin from the sun. Sun exposure holds high health risks, but not every sunscreen will make the cut. The FDA is currently evaluating some ingredients in sunscreens for consumer safety, but that doesn’t mean you should stop using sunscreen. Your best bet is to choose products with zinc or titanium oxide that are water-resistant with broad-spectrum SPF protection of at least 30. If you’re concerned about specific products that you may already have on your shelf or are considering buying, check out EWG’s guide to safe sunscreens.
Stay Hydrated Inside and Out
While your skin may produce more sweat and oil when temperatures rise, you want to ensure your body is well hydrated to keep skin healthy. Drink plenty of water and be sure to replace electrolytes (especially after working out). Coconut water, bone broth, and juices without added sugar are healthy ways to replace electrolytes naturally and stay hydrated. Your summer skin care plan should also include keeping moisturizing lip balm on hand to prevent dry summer lips (make sure your lip balm also contains SPF). Though skin produces more sweat and oil in the summer, this doesn’t provide the nourishment it needs; oily skin can still be dehydrated. Choose oil-free moisturizers with natural astringents in a lightweight, sheer formula for summer.
Prevent unsightly acne and blackheads by making sure to exfoliate regularly throughout the summer. The excess oil your skin produces makes it easier for build-up to occur and pores to become blocked. You can use store-bought exfoliating products or make your own with simple scrubs using salt or sugar. Even just using a washcloth or bath mitt along with your regular soap or body wash can go a long way in removing dead skin cells and keeping your skin glowing throughout the spring and summer months. Take care to exfoliate sensitive shaved areas like underarms and bikini areas to prevent ingrown hairs.
Ditch the Tan
You might crave a summer tan, but the health risks of sunbathing outweigh getting that glow. Tanning beds also pose risks; according to Healthline, using one even once can raise your risk of melanoma by 20 percent. Instead, embrace your natural skin tone, or use sunless tanning products (most topical products are considered safe when used according to directions). Use a good cleanser to bring out your best natural skin tone, and use skin brightening moisturizers or a touch of bronzing powder to put your best face forward.
Wear the Right Summer Clothing
If you will be outside in hot temperatures, wear the right summer apparel for your skin. Choose lightweight, breathable clothing. Natural fibers are best; synthetic ones can trap heat and sweat, not only making you uncomfortable but also contributing to issues like heat rash, chafing, breakouts, and irritation. Loose-fitting garments are best. Choose wide-brimmed hats to shade the face and neck, and don’t forget the sunglasses if you’ll be in the sun for any length of time (choose an oversized pair that filters out 99 to 100 percent of UV rays).
Consume Foods and Beverages With Collagen
Consuming foods and drinks that contain collagen can also improve skin health, which is especially important during the summer months when skin irritants like the sun and high temperatures are often unavoidable. Collagen is an essential protein for healthy skin tissues, but the body makes less of it as time goes on, and skin can also contribute to disintegrating collagen. Consuming foods that help increase collagen production — such as dark green vegetables, berries, fish, soy, and garlic — can help. It can also be beneficial to your skin to consume things such as eggs, white tea, and bone broth that actually contain collagen. Osso Good’s creamy bone broth is not only rich in collagen to help skin, but also non-dairy and Paleo-Certified. Stock up on convenient packages to grab and go all summer long, or check out our recipes page for ideas on healthy meals to whip up on hot summer nights.