5 Ways to Protect Your Skin this Summer

Sunday, June 21st, was the first official day of summer! Those endless rays of sun have a way of drawing you outside but there’s nothing quite like that summer heat to remind you just how sensitive your skin really is. In the summer we face dehydration, sunburn, and a number of damaging effects that age our skin exponentially. Research has shown that there is no defined amount of safe sun exposure. In some cases it can take only 5 minutes of unprotected exposure before skin damage begins to occur. It is important to remember that UV light causes damage to your skin whether your have been sunburned or not. Photoaging can be seen in the form of brown spots, coarse skin, and wrinkles. To help protect the health of your skin we’ve put together 5 ways to combat the summer sun and keep your skin healthy and vibrant.

19532-skinmedica-vitamin-c-e-complex-1oz-72dpi1. Use a Vitamin-Rich Sunscreen

We recommend a combination of vitamin c + e and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 30. Be sure to apply 15-30 minutes before you go out into the sun. Vitamin C is known as nature’s sunscreen. It is not a replacement for sunscreen, but it gives added protection to your skin. You should reapply every 2 hours or more often if you have been in the water or sweating. If you want stay protected throughout the day but also preserve your makeup, try Colorescience® tinted powder sunscreen. This powder comes in three different shades, can be applied over your makeup, and at SPF 50 it will keep your face protected all day! Vitamin C+E is still 20% off at Knight and Sanders through June 30thpowder-sunscreen-3

2. Don’t Forget About Your Lips

Your lips are a common place for skin cancer because of their continuous exposure. On a regular basis you should use a lip balm of at least SPF 15 and reapply every 2 hours or so. Balm hydrates and also stays on a longer amount of time. If you are in the sun for extended amounts of time stay away from baby oil, petroleum jelly, or high-shine lip-gloss. If you wear lipstick, go with darker shades as they provide more protection from the sun than lighter, sheer ones. On a daily basis, your lips can receive a lot of sun exposure. Add Colorsecience® lip shine to your daily routine for a continued Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 35! Call us today to order your Colorescience® powder sunscreen or high-shine lip-gloss!

images3. Drink and Eat Your Fluids

On average you should be taking in about 3 liters of liquids per day. However, you only need to drink 1.5-2 of these liters because we typically take in about 1 liter of liquid from solid foods throughout the day. The key word here is liquids. Fruit juice, coffee, milk, and other beverages or liquid based meals all count. (When added to the diet however, drinks high in sugar can cause the skin to breakout.) In addition to drinking your daily in-take of water, it’s healthy and smart to indulge in fresh, water rich foods, seasonal summer foods like watermelon (91% water), leafy greens, and berries have a higher concentration of water to help you stay hydrated in the heat.

4. Consider Sunless Tanning

Spray tanning - Knight and Sanders Plastic Surgery in Shreveport LouisianaIf you’re looking for that warm summer glow, don’t damage your skin by lying out in the sun or in a tanning bed for hours. Instead, seek out sunless tanning options that will still give you the sun-kissed complexion you want. Knight and Sanders offers Bronze Biologic premier cosmeceutical tanning solutions containing no harmful chemicals, dyes, additives, alcohol, perfumes, or artificial colors. Rather than standing in a booth, our spray tans are administered by trained professionals, guaranteeing that you get a smooth tan applied to all the angles of your body. Call us today to schedule your next spray tan!

5. Improve Your Cleansing Routine

Help your skin look its best by periodically exfoliating to remove the oldest dead skin cells. Exfoliation is involved during all facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. Even when you’re not in the sun, protect your face by washing it with cool water. As relaxing as a steam-filled shower might be, hot water can damage and dry out the skin.

Interested in learning more? We offer custom skin care treatment plans to make your skin look and feel its best. Contact us to schedule your FREE Skin Complexion Analysis by Visia®!

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