4 Tips For Healthy Skin

Restore Hyper Wellness Writer
Restore Hyper Wellness Writer
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May 27, 2022
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Updated May 2024

As we head into the summer months, it's crucial to take steps to protect your skin from the sun's harmful effects. In honor of National Sunscreen Day, here are some key tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing this summer.

1. Use Sunscreen Daily

Many people only apply sunscreen when they go to the beach or pool, but experts recommend wearing sunscreen every time you step outside. UV rays can penetrate your skin even on cloudy or cold days. Research shows you're just as likely if not more, to get sunburned while skiing than at the beach. Higher altitudes intensify sun exposure, making activities like snowboarding or skiing more damaging to your skin than a day at the beach in Florida.

To protect your skin effectively, apply sunscreen every time you go outside. Choose between two types of sunscreen: physical (mineral) sunscreen, which sits on the skin's surface and deflects UV rays, and chemical sunscreen, which absorbs UV rays like a sponge. If you have sensitive skin, opt for physical sunscreen. Regardless of the type, ensure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming.

2. Exfoliate Gently

Your skin naturally sheds dead cells every 30 days, but sometimes not all cells are shed completely. Regular exfoliation can help remove these dead cells, giving your skin a healthier appearance. However, it's essential to exfoliate correctly to avoid damaging your skin, which can lead to breakouts or rashes.

Here are some tips for proper exfoliation:

  • Be gentle: Use light, circular motions for about 30 seconds.
  • Moisturize: After exfoliating, apply a moisturizer to nourish and replenish your skin.
  • Use one product at a time: Overusing products can damage your skin and cause unwanted side effects.

3. Wear Protective Clothing

While sunscreen is crucial, it's just one part of your skin protection routine. Wearing protective clothing is equally important. Long sleeves, pants, hats, and sunglasses provide additional protection against UV rays.

Choose clothes made from tightly woven fabrics, as they offer the best protection. Darker colors are better at blocking UV rays than lighter colors and dry clothing is more protective than wet clothing.

4. Use SPF Lip Balm

When applying sunscreen, don’t forget your lips. Using an SPF lip balm is essential for protecting your lips from sun damage. Without SPF protection, your lips can suffer severe burns, leading to painful experiences and long-term damage.

Doctors recommend SPF lip balm to help prevent skin cancer on your lips. The bottom lip is particularly vulnerable to UV damage as it protrudes more than the top lip. Excessive sun exposure can also cause your lips to become dry and wrinkled. Keep your lips healthy and youthful by applying SPF lip balm regularly.

By following these tips, you can maintain youthful, healthy-looking skin all summer long!

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