By doctor Eman Kotb
Specialist Dermatologist at Medcare Hospitals and Medical Centers
Summer is typically warmer and sunnier than winter, sunlight can be good for us, but too much sun causes skin damage and wrinkling. Exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight causes changes to the skin, in addition to fine lines and wrinkles, UV damage causes brown spots and pigment.
Increase in temperatures during the summer months, combined with humidity, this makes oily skin and dry skin appear worse.
How to keep a clear skin in the summer and not to be damaged by the sun and how to protect our skin
1-Sunscreen is an important part of a complete sun protection strategy, make sure to apply broad spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go out, If you swim, sweat, or outdoors for a long time, reapply every two hours and you should use water resistant type and don’t forget to protect your lips.
2-Seek shade, especially during midday hours. This includes 10 am to 4 pm. Umbrellas, trees, or other shelters can provide relief from the sun. wear sun protection hat with a wide brim and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
3.Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps: Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.
Treatments for the skin in the summer and daily routine to protect our skin.
1- Regular use of cleanser:
clearing your skin by thoroughly removing dirt, oil and pollution particles that can clog pores and cause dullness and choose the products suitable for your skin.
- Apply sunscreen:
Make sure to apply broad spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go out.
- Keep Your Skin Hydrated:
Moisturizer re-establish the outer layer of the skin, which protects from harmful pollutants and chemicals and prevent future irritation and dryness, better to use light moisturizer for oily skin.
- Apply a good antioxidant serum during the summer:
Vitamin A,C and E are potent antioxidant for skin care and rejuvenation, local creams contain these antioxidant increase collagen synthesis and glow your skin.
Exfoliation is the key to brighter and smoother skin. It removed dulling skin and dead cells, make sure to be gentle while exfoliating your skin. Do not over-exfoliate your skin. People with sensitive skin should use mild exfoliates.
- Less makeup:
Wearing less makeup lets the skin breathe, lighter make up with SPF more appropriate for summer months.
6-Eat a balanced diet, filled with nutritious fruits and vegetables.
7-Drink Plenty of Water