Summer is well underway here in Texas, and along with summer vacations and barbeques come high temperatures and the strong Texas sun. Even though many of us flock to indoor locations with central air conditioning, unless you live in a cave or under a rock, there’s no way to fully escape the summer sun.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s vital that you make an effort to take good care of it — especially in the summer when high UV levels wreak havoc on your skin. Unprotected exposure to the sun leads to wrinkles, dark spots, dryness, premature aging, and cancer.
To keep the sun from wreaking havoc on your skin this summer, medical aesthetics specialist Carrie Morris, MD, named by Texas Super Doctors® Rising Stars 2018 and 2019 as one of the top doctors in Texas, and the professional team at Radiance Wellness MediSpa in Arlington, Southlake, and Granbury, Texas, have put together this list of summertime tips that will keep you looking your best.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
It’s one of the easiest ways to protect your skin, but according to a recent study, few American men and women regularly apply sunscreen to exposed skin before heading outdoors.
Keep skin safe by using sunscreen with at least 30 SPF every day — even when it’s cloudy! Be sure the sunscreen you choose protects against UVA and UVB radiation, and apply at least one ounce (about enough to fill a shot glass) 15 minutes before heading outside.
Water-resistant sunscreen will help keep you protected even if you sweat, but be sure to reapply every two hours, and more frequently if you’re in the water.
Consider using a different sunscreen for the delicate skin on your face. Not sure what to choose? Dr. Morris and her team of skin experts at Radiance Wellness MediSpa offer medical-grade skincare products. Products containing vitamin C and E and other antioxidants are also vital in defending your skin against the sun’s damaging rays, preventing cancer and hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. CE Ferulic by Skinceuticals is one of Dr. Morris’ favorites.
Don’t forget to protect your lips and ears! Apply sunscreen to the tops and backs of your ears, and use a lipstick or lip balm that has sun protection.
Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is an important part of skincare, regardless of the time of year. But when it’s hot and sunny out, it’s even more essential to drink plenty of water. The extra intensity of the sun in summer months dries out your skin and makes you perspire more.
Water helps your skin look and feel its best. Dehydration makes wrinkles and lines more prominent. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin and body healthy. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty — by the time you’re thirsty, you’re already in the early stages of dehydration.
Not a fan of plain water? Try flavored or sparkling water, or add cucumber, lemon, or other fruit to your glass. You can also eat to hydrate. Fruit and vegetables have a high water content and make a good snack on a hot summer day.
Choose clothes and accessories wisely
When it’s hot and sunny out, it may seem strange to wear clothes that cover your exposed skin. But keeping covered is one of the best ways to protect your skin from the summer sun.
Choose light-colored, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics, like cotton or linen, or look for clothes with built-in SPF protection.
Your accessories can help protect your skin, too. Large sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection help prevent sun damage to the sensitive skin around your eyes, and a wide-brimmed hat protects your face, ears, and neck.
Plan ahead and avoid peak sun hours
The sun is most intense between 10am and 2pm. This is when your skin is at highest risk for sunburn and sun damage. Plan ahead, and try to avoid extended outdoor activities during these peak sun hours.
If you can’t plan around the sun, seek shade when possible. Use an umbrella, trees, or other sun-shelters that provide some protection from the sun. Remember: if your shadow is shorter than you, find shade.
Get a facial
Your face is the first thing people see. Keep facial skin healthy and looking its best with regular facial treatments.
Facials rejuvenate the skin by removing dead cells and making room for new cells to flourish. In addition, services like the HydraFacial at Radiance Wellness MediSpa, one of the only locations in the region to offer this patented treatment, improve hydration and elasticity of the skin, leaving you looking your best.
If you’re ready to protect, hydrate, and rejuvenate your skin this summer, call Radiance Wellness MediSpa or book an appointment online today.