Winter 2021 was harsh. There were lots of snowstorms, grey skies, and layered clothing. Your skin got used to the cold weather and the lack of sunshine. But spring is here, and summer is close behind which means that you may need to find ways to protect and maintain your skin during the hotter months.
Sun exposure can have many health benefits. It helps your body to produce vitamin D and can boost your immune system and mental health. Too much exposure, though, can cause the skin to age prematurely, in the form of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It is also the leading cause of certain types of skin cancer, such as melanoma.
Protect Skin During Sun Exposure
Avoid the strongest UV ray exposure by staying out of the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to go for your morning run earlier or out for a bite later. You’ll get your dose of vitamin D with less risk to your skin’s health.
Sunscreen is your main defense against Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays any time of the day. Apply generously and frequently to ensure that your skin is always protected. There are different opinions on what level of sun protection factor should be used daily, but the higher the SPF the better the protection. Keep in mind that everyone is different, so pay attention to your skin’s reaction to see if you need a higher SPF sunscreen or a different formulation.
Wearing protective clothing is also a great way to escape the rays. Thick clothes like jeans offer the best protection, but in hot, humid weather, they may be impractical. In addition to wearing sunscreen, choose dark clothing to offset some of the sun’s rays.
Welcome the shade whenever possible if you’re in the sun for long periods, especially during peak hours.
Maintain Skin Health in Summer and All Year Long
You can follow the tips below during the spring and summer months to maximize your protection against the sun when it’s at its strongest. They’re also great tips to follow the other nine months of the year. Your skin needs daily protection all year long, and these tips have many other benefits, too.
Too much sun exposure immediately results in skin dehydration, so make sure to drink lots of water before, during, and after being outside in the summer. Eating healthy is just as important as drinking water. Getting the right nutrients can aid in your skin’s natural defense against harmful effects from the sun.
Making sure to maintain the health of your skin with Vitamin E and aloe vera enriched products and treatments are another topical option to protect your skin. Both ingredients have anti-aging properties and can be applied to all skin types, so you can easily fit them into your daily skin regimen for the whole year. At Ottalaus we offer a wide range of facials that are perfectly tailored to your skin, and offer other services designed to maintain and improve your skin’s appearance and health.
At Ottalaus Salon, explore our facial and skin maintenance services to keep your skin looking its best all year long. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.