Summer is coming and if you want your skin not to regret the mistakes made during the summer months, you have to get down to work and not let your guard down. In fact, it is during the summer when the risks to the skin increase. The fact that heat dehydrates the epidermis faster and that sweating increases humidity, making it more prone to infections, means that this season of the year the care of our skin must be greater.
The sun, “is the one that gives us and the one that takes away”: it gives the skin a healthier color, but it is at the same time one of the greatest risks for our skin. Stains, dryness, and, in the most extreme cases, melanoma … the dangers involved are varied. The basic cares that recommends for the skin during the summer are:
1. Clear Skin
Daily cleaning should be done with soft products that do not alter the acid mantle of the skin, that do not irritate or are very fragrant, but help eliminate accumulated grease and dirt. In addition, materials that do not scrape or rub our skin strongly should be used. It is important not to share towels with other people and to dry the folds correctly to avoid the appearance of superficial mycoses.
… And hydrated. Creams and moisturizing oils allow you to recover lost moisture and are particularly useful if the heat dries the skin. The important thing is that it contains moisturizing and emollient properties, allowing water to be recovered.
3. Attention with clothes
Taking care of the skin of the whole body implies avoiding wearing clothes or shoes with materials that favor the appearance of fungi by creating a humid environment; or that they can cause wounds or allergies on the skin.
4. Prevent infections
If a small accident occurs, the consequence of which is a scrape, a skin wound or a burn, to avoid infection, the area should be washed immediately with water. In case of pimples or blisters it is important not to touch or squeeze them.
5. What about food?
The consumption of meats should be moderate and the consumption of fruits and vegetables should be prioritized, foods rich in antioxidant vitamins such as A, C and E. The latter is one of the most important for skin care, since it prevents cell degeneration, It helps in the regenerative process in case of scars and acne and contributes to increased blood flow to the skin. It is present in oils, nuts, in fish and shrimp and in vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, asparagus, tomato or carrot. And, of course, it is also advisable to drink a lot of water.
6. Importance of sleep
The cells are produced and regain their strength when sleeping, helping to keep skin in good condition.
7. Sun protection
An increasing sun protection factor is recommended to defend our skin from ultraviolet rays. This should be chosen according to the type of skin. In general, it is recommended to use at least one with 15 SPF. In addition, they should be applied 30 to 45 minutes before sun exposure begins, since they are eliminated by sweat and water.
8. Sun exposure
It is advisable to minimize exposure to the sun in the central hours of the day.
9. And the chlorine?
After being exposed to the sun or the chlorinated water of a swimming pool it is necessary to take a shower to moisturize the skin. You can use a soap with a normal pH or slightly acidic, which contribute to not contracting any dermatological infection.
Due to exposure to the sun and the aggression caused by salt and chlorine, a daily process of recovery of the dermis is necessary, which we can achieve thanks to products that contain antioxidants.