Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Skin Care Tips For Summer

Skin behaves differently from season to season, and as a result, skin care routines should adjust with the weather. And this summer, your skin's natural oils flows freely and you'll be surprised that your summer skin suddenly looks dull, blemished and oily unlike in winter season by which your skin looked more radiant because your skin's oil solidifies.

Summer is a season where you should pay extra special attention to your skin, otherwise you’ll probably regret it later. So before plunging yourself into the pool or head to the beach, I listed some tips on how you take care of your skin this hot and sunny summertime.

Tip #1: Sunscreens
Coat your face and body with sunscreens before going outside at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more for deeper protection for your skin. Just remember that sunscreens, no matter how high the number, doesn't blocks 100 percent of UV rays. Sunscreen should not be considered a free pass to spend all day in direct sunlight.

Tip #2: Dress-up
Lightweight and light colored clothing combined with plenty of sunscreen protection on exposed and unexposed skin is a good way to protect yourself. Classic summer clothes, like a tank top and shorts, provide little in the way of sun protection. A basic white cotton T-shirt gives you the equivalent of only about SPF 5 (get it wet and that drops to about SPF 3). The key to sun protection is the fabric's weave: The tighter the weave, the better it blocks UV rays. Color also plays a role. Darker shades absorb UV light, so less radiation makes it through the fabric to the skin.

Tip #3: Water Magic
Drink plenty of water. Water is the best, but any fluids that don’t contain a lot of caffeine, sugar, alcohol, or salt will work. Outdoor play or exercise, especially in the Summer, increases your risk of dehydration. This is one risk you don't want to take since it not only affects your performance and robs your skin of vitality, but also may be potentially hazardous to your health.

Tip #4: Sunglasses
Another barrier against sun damage comes in the form of eye wear. Protect not only your eyes, but also the skin around them by wearing sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent of the sun's UV rays. If your not sure about your sunglasses, find a American Optometric Association's Seal of Acceptance on it. If there's none, get them tested at eyeglass stores.They have a photometer that can measure the lenses' level of UV protection.

Summer is a time for sun, fun and physical activity. Sipping on a cool drink, participating in your favorite activity and enjoying the long days of summer. No matter what you like to do, with a little insight and these few tips you can help reduce the effects of summer skin problems and make you have a memorable vacation. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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