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The weather conditions typical for the period between December and February can take quite a toll on your skin. The most common problems that you’ll face are sunburns, but they’re just the beginning of your torments. Other skin issues that come with the unbearable heat are brown spots, broken blood vessels, acne, freckles, heat rash, chaffing, blisters and burnt scalp. These are the unfortunate consequences of exposure to summer sun emits more radiation in this period. The skin damage that comes with too much exposure to sun leads to premature skin aging. This means that this is the perfect time to start thinking on how to rejuvenate your skin. Here is a guide that will help you with that.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is basically the foundation of proper summer skincare, and if you want to survive the dreadful heat of the Southern Hemisphere, you will need a lot of it. If you are not drinking enough water, your skin will become dry and less resistant to sun damage, which leads to premature aging. Drink at least eight glasses of water during the day, carry some water in the bottle with you when going outside and eat some hydrating foods (cucumber, iceberg lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, watermelon, star fruit, strawberries and grapefruit).
Leave It to the Pros
If you could pick only one season when you will treat yourself with rejuvenating facial treatments, that should definitely be summer. A facial will clean, exfoliate and nourish your skin, improving its hydration and helping it look younger. It can also address specific problems that may occur to your skin during summer, such as acne, sun damage and dehydration.
Protect Your Skin
You’ve probably figured out by now that the sunlight causes most of the skin problems during the summer, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go out at all. Just make sure you are well protected before you do that. Sunblock (not sunscreen) is a necessary addition to your skincare routine, and you should apply it about half an hour before you go outside and reapply it every two hours or so. If you have some distinct moles that would be exposed to sun during sunbathing, consider a mole removal procedure, since sunlight in combination with moles can often lead to melanoma – a type of skin cancer.
Switch to Organic Skincare
Conventional skincare products are just slowly filling up your skin (and your organism) with toxins, which, in the long run, can do more harm than good. Switching to organic skincare would include not only using organically produced cleansers, toners, and moisturizer, but also making your own skincare masks out of ingredients you have in your kitchen. Some of the best ingredients for protecting your skin during the summer are carrot, shea butter and coconut oil. Also, considering the outrageous number of mosquitoes, you shouldn’t forget to get a natural mosquito repellent.
Consult the Experts
Taking care of your skin during summer months isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Some skin problems may not be healed with skincare products, regardless of how efficient they may be. If a problem is persistent, you might need prescription skincare that will address the specific skin condition you have with regards to your skin type. Also, regular dermatologist checkups and examination of moles, lesions and growths, should become something you do routinely once a year, prior to summer.
Load Up on Antioxidants
Last, but not the least, antioxidants are your army fighting the sun radiation and skin aging. Increase their numbers by using topical serum containing high-performance ingredients, such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate seed oil, phloretin and ferulic acid. These will not only protect your skin from future damage, but also repair and rejuvenate it.
Don’t sacrifice the health of your skin for reckless sun fun. Summer can still be fun if you devote some time to taking care of and protecting your skin. Only by doing that will you succeed in keeping it youthful and glowing.