Once the weather warms up, most people cannot wait to soak in the sunshine. It is tempting to shed winter clothes and jump into the pool to cool off. Before participating in outdoor recreation, however, it is crucial to be aware of the summer habits that can cause skin damage. Skin damage can lead to premature signs of aging as well as skin cancer, so kick these common skin blunders early on!
1. Neglecting Your Sunscreen
It is a common misconception that folks with sensitive skin need protection from the sun more than others, but the truth is that everyone is equally exposed to harmful UV rays no matter how prone they are to sunburns. Applying sunscreen before your outdoor summer activities is important for people of all skin types to avoid developing skin cancer and wrinkles.
2. Forgetting to Wear Lip Balm With SPF
Not only does the hot summer sun dry out the delicate skin on our lips, but it can also cause skin cancer and fine lines. Even habitual sunscreen users tend to leave their lips vulnerable to UV rays, so making sure to keep SPF-loaded lip balm handy is key.
3. Not Drinking Enough Water
Dehydration is never good, but it is especially dangerous during the sizzling hot summer. The whole body needs water to function properly, and that includes the skin. Dehydration can cause overproduction of oils in the skin, leading to unsightly breakouts. It can also make the skin dry and itchy. Drinking plenty of water helps maintain hydration, and eating lots of fresh fruit can help as well.
4. Running the Air Conditioner All Day
Those sweltering summer months make many people desperate to blast the air conditioner, but too much AC can dry out the air and, consequently, your skin. Keep your electric bill down and your skin hydrated by making it just slightly less chilly in your home.
5. Taking Long, Hot Showers
Even when you spend the entire day in the warm weather, a hot shower can still feel comforting. Resist the urge to take long, hot showers, though, because it can exacerbate the drying effect of the summer heat. Your skin will thank you if you keep showers short and tepid.
Reversing Premature Aging
Sometimes we do not realize just how much damage we have done to our skin until it is too late. Premature facial aging can be disheartening. Dr. Edmon Khoury performs multiple types of facial rejuvenation procedures.
For more information about facial rejuvenation, be sure to schedule your consultation with Dr. Edmon Khoury today. Call (720) 475-8400 or fill out our online contact form.