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Apr 3, 2017
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Before the scorching heat and high humidity destroy your skin, it’s a must to make some smart changes to your skincare routine. Some people think about sun protection only when it’s summer, but harmful exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are under the blazing sun. And even though it’s cloudy outside, your skin is still being exposed to UVA and UVB rays which can cause damaging effects to your skin. To avoid all this, and to keep your skin healthy like never before, here are five easy-peasy tips you can start doing. Remember: Prevention is better than cure.

Step 1: Exfoliate your skin

The ground rule of basic skin grooming is exfoliation. Your body sheds dead skin cells every second of the day. If you don't get rid of them, they'll just set in on your making your skin look dull, rough, and dry. Exfoliating also allows skin cells to regenerate more quickly, as well as keeps aging at bay.

Pro tip: Whenever possible, choose a gentle, more natural exfoliator with organic exfoliating grains instead. Also, exfoliate two to three times a week for year-round healthy skin.

Step 2: Moisturize your skin

Because your skin produces more oil during the summer, you might skip moisturizing all together, which is a big mistake. Skin loses more water as temperatures go higher, which makes its natural protective barrier more vulnerable, that’s why skimping on lotion is a huge no-no this summer. If the stickiness of the lotion bothers you, get a lightweight one.

Pro tip: If you do happen to get a sunburn, ease the negative effects by applying a moisturizing lotion that contains aloe vera extracts. This will keep the burned skin well hydrated, and it will help to soothe the discomfort.

Step 3: Slather on sunscreen

We know it’s a cliché, but you must wear sunscreen even when you’re not hitting the beach. Opt for one that has UVA and UVB protection, and comes in SPF 30 and SPF 70.

Pro tip: Use a shot glass full for your body and a full teaspoon just on your face. Re-apply every 1 to 2 hours—and always after swimming—to ensure that you get maximum protection. Also, stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.

Step 4: Drink lots of water

Higher temperatures lead to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and even heat stroke. Always keep yourself hydrated to help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin. Drinking water also ultimately affects how your skin looks and feels. In short: hydrated body = moisturized skin.

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Pro tip: Drink 8 glasses of water throughout the day. And if you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink.

Step 5: Wear protection

Now is the perfect time to wear those hats and sunglasses! UV-blocking sunglasses are important for protecting not just your eyes but the skin around the eyes as well. Research has shown that long hours in the sun without protecting your eyes increase your chances of developing certain eye diseases, so better be safe than sorry!  

Pro tip: Your favorite baseball cap only protects the front and top of the head but not the neck or the ears, where skin cancers commonly develop. What’s best is that you get a hat with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim, so that it’ll protect all areas that are exposed to intense the intense heat: ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. As for sunglasses, choose one that has a close-fitting wraparound style frame. This provides the best protection because they limit how much sunlight reaches your eyes from above and beyond the periphery of your lenses.

 

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