Sun Care Tips: Keep Your Skin Happy All Summer Long! ☀️
Loni
November 13, 2023

Summer is all about fun in the sun, but it’s important to remember that too much sun exposure can lead to various skin issues.

Whether you’re young or young at heart, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial – which is why we’re diving into the risks of sun damage, the importance of SPF coverage, and some essential tips to help you enjoy the summer while keeping your skin healthy and happy.

The Risks of Sun Damage at Any Age 

When you think about soaking up the sun for a tan, you expose your skin to potential risks such as stubborn pigmentation, Seborrheic keratosis, and even skin cancer. UVA rays are always present, making year-round SPF coverage essential. Combined with UVB rays, which can deplete moisture and damage tissues at a cellular level, even young skin can suffer long-lasting consequences. It’s crucial to reset and care for your skin to maintain health and vitality.

Supporting Your Skin in the Summer Heat 

When the summer heat and humidity leave your skin feeling dry and irritated, it’s time to take extra precautions to lock in moisture. Whether lounging by the pool or seeking refuge in air-conditioned spaces, these tips will help keep your skin hydrated and happy.

1️⃣ Hydrating Cleanser for Fresh and Clean Skin: Start your skincare routine with a gentle cleanser like ZO Hydrating Cleanser. It removes impurities and prepares your skin for the following steps.

2️⃣ Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen: Sun protection is a must! Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ for daily use and SPF 50+ for outdoor water activities. Our top recommendations are Alastin HydraTint ProMineral and ZO BroadSpectrum 50+. Don’t forget to plan for sunscreen reapplication throughout the day.

3️⃣ Mild Cleanser for Gentle Skin Care: Use a mild cleanser like Alastin Gentle Cleanser to wash your skin. Avoid soaps and body washes labelled “antibacterial” or “deodorant,” as they can dry out your skin.

4️⃣ Moisturize to Lock in Hydration: After showers or baths, apply a fragrance-free moisturizer within 5 minutes to trap water in your skin. Add a Hyaluronic Acid booster like SkinMedica HA5 and a light hydrating cream moisturizer such as ZO Hydrating Creme to your nighttime routine.

5️⃣ Stay Moisturized On-the-Go: Carry moisturizer with you for regular application, especially after washing your hands or when your skin feels dry. SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer is a great option.

6️⃣ Optimal Indoor Climate: Avoid turning off the air conditioning completely if it makes your home too dry. Find a balance to keep your indoor environment comfortable for your skin.

Preventing Acne Breakouts 

Sweat, bacteria, and oils can create a perfect storm for acne breakouts during the summer. Don’t let those pesky pimples ruin your fun in the sun. Discover effective strategies to prevent and manage acne, ensuring clear and confident skin.

  • Blot sweat with a clean face cloth instead of wiping, which can irritate your skin. Quick refresh with ZO Acne Treatment Pads to remove bacteria.
  • Wash sweaty clothes, headbands, towels, and hats before wearing them again.
  • Use non-comedogenic products on your face, neck, back, and chest. SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA wash and moisturizer are recommended. For sun protection, consider AlumierMD Clear Shield SPF 42 or Alastin SilkShield All Mineral SPF.

Say Goodbye to Folliculitis 

Excessive shaving and waxing in the summer months can lead to an uncomfortable condition known as folliculitis.

Here’s how to reduce your risk of developing folliculitis and keep your skin follicle-friendly, so you can enjoy smooth and bump-free skin all summer long.

  • Change out of tight workout clothes and shower immediately after your workout.
  • Avoid hot tubs and whirlpools with uncertain acid and chlorine levels to prevent “hot tub folliculitis.”
  • Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in hot and humid weather.
  • Consider Laser Hair Removal (IPL) to effectively remove hair follicles in areas that require continual shaving.

Soothing Sunburned Skin 

Even with the best intentions, sunburns can happen. When you’ve soaked up a little too much sun, it’s essential to provide your skin with the care it needs to heal and recover.

Follow these remedies to ease the pain and restore your skin’s health:

  • Take cool baths or showers to relieve pain.
  • Apply a dense moisturizer to trap water in your skin after leaving a little water on it.
  • Use Aloe and products with soothing ingredients while avoiding benzocaines.
  • Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling, redness, and discomfort.
  • Drink extra water and your light, non-constricting clothing.

Summer skincare is all about maintaining healthy skin and protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful effects.

By following these tips, you can enjoy summer while keeping your skin happy and glowing.

Remember, your skin deserves some extra love and care, so make it a priority throughout the summer!

Have any doubts or experiencing challenges with your skin this Summer with our team to discuss your needs.