Now that summer has fully arrived, we’re all spending much more time outdoors. Taking care of your skin in the summer is not just about wearing sunscreen, here are the best days to keep your body’s largest organ as healthy as possible!
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If you’re spending lots of time in the sun, choose light colored long layers. Choosing a hat with SPF built in a great option and don’t forget sunglasses to protect delicate skin around the eyes. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, even on cloudy days, as much as 80% of the sun’s rays can still penetrate your skin.
If you’re spending lots of time in the sun, choose light colored long layers. Choosing a hat with SPF built in a great option and don’t forget sunglasses to protect delicate skin around the eyes. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, even on cloud days, as much as 80% of the sun’s rays can still penetrate your skin.
If you can, avoid spending prolonged time in the sun when it’s rays are strongest, typically between 10AM – 2PM. A good test is to check your shadow – is it shorter than you? Find yourself some shade.
Your skin is an organ and is made up of cells that require water to properly function. If your skin doesn’t get adequate water it will become dry, tight and flaky and more likely to wrinkle.
- Aim to get water throughout the day and shoot for half your body weight in ounces. Try cleansing your body with daily doses of lemon infused water. Simply clean your lemon, cut and squeeze into hot, warm or room temperature water. Drink upon waking and as often as possible.
- Try juicing. Juicing vegetables and fruits is a wonderful way to cleanse the body, nourish the body and increase the vitality of your skin. Beets are a wonderful detoxifying vegetable that enlivens the skin. You can juice beets with greens, carrots, ginger and garlic for an excellent skin elixir.
- Smoothie your skin radiant! Combine fruits, vegetables, almond milk, stevia, herbs and other green foods (such as chlorella and spirulina) cocoa nibs, hemp seeds, flax and chia into a vita-mix, blender or other smoothie making machine and drink yourself gorgeous! Your body will absorb the nutrients and your skin will soak up the benefits too!
Applying a moisturizer immediately after getting out of the shower will help your skin maintain moisture and make sure to avoid super-hot water as it can be extra drying for the skin.
Stay safe out there and have fun!
Sunscreen FAQs.| American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs. Accessed August 8, 2018.
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin. UW Health – Gender Services. https://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334. Accessed August 8, 2018.
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