We spend our whole lives taking care of our skin. From the cuts and scrapes of childhood to the first signs of wrinkles, our skin has weathered more than its fair share of storms. But a lifetime spent protecting against the elements will also take its toll. And as we get older, caring for our skin becomes even more important. With the winter months out of the way and summer in full swing, we’re putting together our best tips for taking care of your skin while enjoying the summer sun. Warm weather shouldn’t mean staying indoors all day.
Warming up to the Basics of Skin Care
Healthy skin care is nothing more than a healthy habit.
Your skin stays with you your entire life, and it often has the marks to prove it. Oddly enough, it’s one of the things in our lives we take for granted — especially when we’re enjoying the great outdoors. The truth is, keeping skin healthy at any age isn’t all that complicated. It just takes the willpower to develop a few new routines.
Protecting Yourself from Sun Exposure
Years of sun exposure can cause wrinkles and age spots, and, in some cases, it can increase your risk of skin cancer. Thankfully, protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is as simple as planning ahead. Things like wearing SPF 30 sunscreen, wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs, and seeking shade when possible are all smart considerations. If you know you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, take a few extra minutes to plan accordingly.
Carefully Caring for Your Skin
Keeping your skin healthy requires routine hygiene habits. However, too much care can actually cause damage. Extended baths and showers draw moisturizing oils from your skin. Along with that, heavy-duty soaps and body washes can strip these same oils, leaving it at a higher risk of drying out. To help your skin recover from daily exposure to the elements, limit the length of showers and baths — and maybe take the temperature down a few notches, too.
Staying Healthy Inside and Out
Healthy skin involves more than staying mindful during your day-to-day routines. Diet plays a major role in keeping your skin in top-notch condition. First and foremost, drink plenty of water during the day. About 64 ounces of water a day is a healthy amount for most adults, and it will help prevent your skin from drying out.
What you eat is also important. Eating a well-balanced diet filled with grains, nuts, vegetables, and fruits will help you reach the healthy standards for Vitamins A, C, and E — along with other important nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids.
A Lifetime of Care
As we mentioned before, healthy skin care is a habit developed over a long period of time. It requires protecting your skin as well as maintaining its condition through good hygiene and proper nutrition.
So, how do these things change as we age?
It turns out they really don’t. The core tenets of skin care stay the same no matter our age. The only thing that changes is the body’s ability to regenerate as quickly as it used to.
That being said, the years do start to add up when it comes to the human body. Slower recovery and a weaker immune system mean taking care of your body is increasingly important — on all fronts. One bad sunburn can take a lot more recovery time than it did when you were 15.
Your best bet, especially during the summer months, is to wear SPF 30 sunscreen any time you plan on being outside. And, if the temperatures allow for it, consider wearing a hat and a light, long-sleeved shirt to give you that extra dose of protection. Also, don’t forget your hands and feet! These are often the most exposed and most forgotten places when applying sunscreen.
Beyond sunscreen, make sure to stay well hydrated. During the summer months, drinking enough water is important for your skin and your overall health. Adding to that, consider buying a gentle skin moisturizer packed with vitamins to help keep your skin in its best condition.
Quality Care All Year
Let’s be honest: few seasons come with as many outdoor activities as summer. It’s a time to break away from the frigid cold of winter and enjoy what the outside world has to offer. With a little extra planning each day, staying ahead of the sun-filled weather is something we all can do — no matter our age.
Best of all, the habits you develop during the summer are ones that will apply all year. So next time you have a family get-together or an outdoor event, give these skin-saving tips a read. They’re habits worth building today!