Skin Care for Summer
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Summer Skin Care
As the weather gets warmer, we all want to spend more time outside. The thought of gardening, going to the beach, and exercising outdoors are at the forefront of our minds. Spending more time outside also means wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts. This is the time of the year when our skin is most exposed to the sun. The following tips will help keep your skin healthy and safe during the spring and summer months.
You have likely been told to wear sunscreen a thousand times, but one third of American adults still do not. Ninety percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen is the simplest preventative measure. Sunscreen also needs to be applied correctly and reapplied regularly.
You may wonder what covering your eyes has to do with your skin. Your eyes are covered by eyelids which are susceptible to skin cancer. In fact, according to some reports, the eyelids account for up to ten percent of all skin cancers. On a cosmetic note, wearing sunglasses also keeps you from squinting, which can prevent wrinkles.
Excessive sun exposure can dry out the skin and leave it looking flaky. Drinking more water will keep your entire body hydrated, including your skin.
Protecting your skin from insects
Bug spray is an effective deterrent to insects. If you do get insect bites, which can be inevitable in the summer, make a conscious effort not to scratch. The bites will only become more inflamed and itchy. Scratching can also break the skin leading to infection and prolonged dark spots on the skin long after the bites have healed. Consider using an anti-itch medication and applying ice to relieve pain.
If you are concerned that sun exposure has had a detrimental effect on your skin, you should contact a physician or dermatologist for a skin check. For a consultation or to learn more about proper skin care, contact the physicians at Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey today.