Summer is a good time to get outside and do those activities you couldn’t when the temperatures were low. While there is so much to enjoy, spending time outside means that your skin will be exposed to some factors, some of which may be harmful to the skin. However, this doesn’t mean that you should spend all your summer indoors. You can still step outside while taking necessary precautions. Consider the following tips on how to care for your sensitive skin during summer.
Avoid the Intense Sun
Intense sun can have two negative impacts on your skin. One, it can cause sunburn and two, it can increase your risk for skin conditions such as cancer. The sun is hottest mostly after 10 A.M. up to 2 P.M. If you have to be outside when it is too hot, shelter under a tree or use an umbrella.
Shower and Change Clothing
After swimming, hiking or playing a sport, take a shower and wear some clean clothes. Avoid sitting for long periods with your wet or sweaty clothes as this can cause irritation to your skin. When you take showers, do it with fresh warm water. This is way better than hot water. Also, ensure that you wash these clothes before putting them on again.
When you go outside, put on some sunscreen. CDC recommends sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. You should then reapply sunscreen after toweling off, sweating and swimming and at least every two hours. Check the manufacturer directions and also the expiry dates when applying your sunscreen. An expired sunscreen will not do you any good. Similarly, if you apply too little, or miss some body parts, you will not get the right protection.
Choose the Right Products
Whether you are shopping for sunscreen, face masks, moisturizers or serums, keep in mind that you have sensitive skin. The best thing is to go for products that incorporate natural ingredients and those that are mild. The best natural ingredients are not only safe, but could also provide some nourishment for a glowing skin and other benefits. Aloe Vera for instance, contains vitamins, hormones, antivirals and antibacterial properties. As discussed in this Herbal Dynamics post, moisturizers containing this ingredient tend to provide a soothing hydration.
However, note that even natural products can have side effects and not all of them will be ideal for your skin. For instance, there are people who will get skin irritations for using a product containing aloe vera. Pay attention to the ingredients your skin reacts to and stay off those when shopping. Familiarize yourself with the risks and side effects. When trying out a new product, apply on a small section of the skin first to see if there is any reaction. If you get an adverse reaction from any product, talk to your doctor immediately. Also, you should not use any product without consulting your doctor if you have an existing skin condition.
Wear Protective Clothing
You can still wear long sleeved shirts in summer; they just have to be light. Also, consider a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses when going out. This can help in keeping the sun out of your skin when you are outside.
Finally, check your lifestyle habits. Drink water to keep your skin hydrated. Carry a full bottle and sip water throughout the day. Also, consider some healthy foods especially fruits, vegetables, nuts, proteins and healthy fats. Sleeping and avoiding stress can help as well. As you make these lifestyle changes, you will not only be caring for your skin but your overall well-being as well. Carry these healthy practices with you to fall and beyond.