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Published on June 17, 2015

5 Summer Skincare Tips

Woman washing her faceBefore you hit the beach, head to the ball field or take to the golf course, take a moment to consider what these summer activities all have in common: the potential to harm your skin. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than two million people diagnosed each year.

Your skin is your largest organ and one of the first things people notice about you, so it’s important to take good care of it year-round. But, summer is an especially important time to re-examine your skincare routine.

Here are a few tips to keep your skin protected this summer:

  1. Always, always, always wear sunscreen. This may seem like common sense, but we forget it all too often. Wear a minimum of 30 SPF, and reapply at least every two hours. Other good ideas: protective clothing, broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses. If you do get sunburned, try a cool bath, calamine lotion or aloe vera, and some ibuprofen for relief. If your burn causes fever and chills, seek medical attention right away.
  2. If you have a regular skincare routine that includes washing and moisturizing (and you should), double check your products’ ingredient lists. Calming ingredients like chamomile, white tea and azulene will soothe skin during the summer heat. Avoid products with fragrance ingredients as they can cause extra irritation.
  3. Speaking of your skincare routine – why not use cool water when washing? This will constrict your capillaries, which reduces redness and leaves you feeling refreshed. Another cool trick: store your moisturizers, serums, etc. in the fridge. Not only will this soothe your skin, but it will also add to the longevity of the product. And yes, you should still moisturize in the summer, despite the extra sweat and humidity. The sun and heat dehydrate your skin, so it’s important to replenish that moisture. If you have oily skin, try a lighter moisturizer. A cool gel face mask makes for a nice weekly treat, too.
  4. Switch up your outdoor activities when the temps rise. Strenuous activities in the heat can lead to imbalanced, red skin. Try cooler activities like swimming, or at least take the intensity down a couple notches and add a hat for some shade.
  5. Keep a close eye on your skin, especially wherever you notice discoloration, sun spots or changes in moles. The only true prevention for these issues is to avoid sun exposure altogether. If you have any questions or concerns, call your family physician or dermatologist right away.

In the hustle and bustle of summer fun, don’t sacrifice your skin’s health. Sunscreen and shade are your friends! To discuss any skin concerns you may have, contact your MercyCare provider today or find the provider that’s right for you.

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