by Karla Keene
Sunshine, heat, humidity, and chlorine can do a number on summer skin. For one thing, the sun’s rays are particularly strong, so the chances of developing wrinkles, age spots, and more is greater. Plus, higher heat and humidity mean more rashes, breakouts, and clogged pores, while chlorine can also dry out your skin. Follow these summer skin secrets and you’ll be good to glow.
1) Don’t skip the hydrator: Your skin may be less dry these days, but don’t banish your hydrator. Summer can dehydrate the skin making it moisture dry while your skin can produce more oil from the heat. By adding a hydrator, you will balance the look of your skin.
2) Slather on the sunscreen: Choose products that provide broad-spectrum protection (they block both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays) with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30. Apply sunscreen liberally before you go outside; reapply every two hours and always after swimming. And don’t let those clouds fool you — apply sunscreen every single day!
3) Exfoliate regularly: Sun, sand, sweat and sunscreen only increase the amount of dead skin cells that build up on your face and body. Slough them off with an exfoliating scrub a few times each week.
Karla Keene is CEO of Clarity Skin Care Inc., Newport Beach, CA. Visit clarityclinicalskincare.com for more information.