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Summer skin care

By limiting your exposure to the sun and maximizing use of these skin-saving ideas, you can enjoy youthful-looking skin for years to come. Taking care of your skin in the right way may not only prevent you from getting a sunburn and having dry, peeling skin, but doing so may also slow down the obvious signs of aging that normally accompany regular exposure to the


Smooth on a moisturizer that contains sunscreen in proper concentration. Put it on before you leave the house and reapply every two hours. Wear proper sunglasses (see our article on sunglasses) and a hat with a broad brim. Moisturisation is the most important part of daily skin care. Your skin needs more water than anything else and moisturisers are more needed in summer when you lose most of your body salts by sweating. Buy a water-based moisturizer and use it without fail. Make it a habit to wash your face gently with water a number of times in a day (try and use mineral water). You can splash as many as 20 times as long as you don't use very hot or cold water on your skin (which can cause fine vein to appear on your face). Steam your face regularly to open the pores and clean your face of the dirt (five minutes for dry skin and 10 minutes if it is oily). Pat dry with tissue and moisturize.

Don't let the bugs bite. If you look like a flower and smell like a flower, insects will treat you like a flower. Avoid wearing heavily scented hair spray, shampoo, body lotions and other beauty products. Use just enough insect repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing, and once back inside, wash treated skin with soap and water. Combat summer acne and breakouts. More people break out during the hot summer months due to increased perspiration, which can disperse oils on the skin, thus allowing more pimple-causing bacteria to grow. Mild acne can be treated by using over-the-counter products. Adjust your makeup regimen to the summer climate and your outdoor activities. Select powder blushes and eye shadows rather than cream products because they are less irritating and more likely to hold up in hot and humid weather. Learn how to apply natural-looking, barely there makeup for those outdoor occasions. And don't forget to dust with powder to keep down the shine. To achieve a sexy, natural summer evening glow, dust with gold or bronze highlighters. Also consider accenting your lip color with a gold or bronze gloss. Take good care of your skin. If you have oily skin, wash your face at least twice a day with a non-creamy cleanser. If you have dry skin, wash in the morning with a gentle, creamy cleanser but also at bedtime to remove oil and makeup. If you have combination skin, keep a close eye on your facial products and be mindful not to strip your skin of its natural oils. Visit a dermatologist if you have excessive problems with breakouts, heat rashes and other skin problems. Adult acne is common, but there are new treatments available to soothe your skin.

Clarify your skin by washing your face every day. Cleansing products should be all natural and chemical free. Never use deodorant soaps on your face. These contain harsh ingredients that may irritate your skin and clog your pores. In hotter weather, clogged pores always lead to blemishes. A good scrub will remove dead cells and smooth the skin's surface. When selecting a summertime scrub, look for products with Jojoba beads as these provide immediate results and won’t tear into or dig at the pores. Everyone spends more time outdoors during the summer, which means environmental debris and pollutants can have an additional impact on your skin's ability to remain elastic. Toning helps keep your face clear and firm. Astringents and toners with glycolic or alpha hydroxyl acids work best. These acids actually reduce pore size and help with ingrown hairs, which can be very painful in hotter climes. Always use a light moisturizer on your face after cleansing and shaving. It is very important to hydrate the entire surface of your skin, especially the sensitive under-eye areas. This is one of the first places to show signs of aging, especially with the additional sun exposure, and should not be overlooked. An eye gel or serum that contains chamomile or Vitamin E will refresh and nourish the delicate skin beneath your eyes. 90 percent of premature aging of the skin is caused by overexposure to the sun. Failure to protect and care for your skin not only leads to wrinkling and aging but it increases your risk of developing skin cancer, the most prevalent of all cancers in the United States. More than one million Americans are newly diagnosed every year, and nearly every affected individual has a strong history of over exposure to sunlight or tanning. The likelihood of developing cancer is even higher when sun exposure results in burning and blistering. Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. Select prescription eyeglass lenses such as Transitions® Lenses, which provide automatic protection by blocking 100 percent of UV rays. Think of it as sunscreen for the eyes. Avoid direct sun exposure during the peak UV radiation hours (between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm). Regularly perform self-examinations to familiarize yourself with existing growths and be more aware of changes to the topography of your skin.

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