Summer could be a bad time if you don’t know how to take care of your skin. Prolonged exposure to the heat and ultraviolet rays can cause considerable skin damage. Not to mention increase the risk of getting skin cancer. However, there are ways to protect your skin so you can still enjoy summer and outdoor activities.

Use sunscreen. The skin has protection from the sun in the form of melanin. It’s the chemical which gives skin its pigmentation. The darker the skin, the more the melanin. However, regardless if you have fair or darker skin, you will still need sunscreen to avoid sun damage. Choose sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. And don’t forget to put some on your face.

Rehydrate. When it’s hot, there is always the possibility of being dehydrated. If your body is lacking in water, your skin will suffer as well. It will become wrinkled, and even flaky. More often than not, people only drink when they feel thirsty. But thirst is already a sign of advancing dehydration. Drink water even before you feel thirsty. Typically, people drink around two liters of liquids a day. Depending on how active you are, you can increase your liquid intake by 400-500 ml. Water is always the best drink. If you’re into sports or training, you can also gulp down sports drinks. Also, drink coffee or tea in moderation. The caffeine content acts as a diuretic and actually draws water from your body.

Moisturize. Besides sunscreen, your skin needs additional assistance in the form of moisturizers. Sun damage causes premature aging of the skin. And even if you are not exposed to the sun, when the environment is too hot (as well as too cold), skin can dry out and be damaged. Apply some moisturizer with vitamin e or aloe to keep your skin supple and healthy.

Watch your diet. While you protect the outside part of the body, you should also protect what’s inside. So it’s important to have a healthy diet during summer time. Besides the usual healthy foods you eat, add food which are rich in water, vitamin e and a, which are good for your skin. Foods like watermelons, cantaloupe, pineapple and oranges, and cucumbers have a high water content. They can help supply much needed water to your body, as well as vitamins and nutrients. Speaking of vitamins, carrots, almonds, hazelnuts, avocado, mango and cod have a high vitamin e and a content. Both vitamins help take care of your skin so it remains supple and glowing.

Take more frequent showers. Skin needs to be refreshed when it’s hot. Taking more showers can help your skin renew its vigor and be cleaned from impurities as well. However, frequent showers, water’s chlorine content and the use of strong soaps can strip your skin of its oil content, making it dry. Apply some moisturizer or lotion after showering.

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