During summer, my favorite time of year, you’re outside more often, facing the heat, humidity, chlorine at the pool, or salt water at the beach. And you want your skin to look its best. What steps should you take? WVU Medicine dermatologistDr. Erica Ghareeb tells you how to reduce the toll that summer exposures can have on your skin.
Drink more water
Did you know that drinking plenty of water benefits your skin? By hydrating properly, you’ll look refreshed, and you’ll benefit your internal body, too. If plain water isn’t your thing, try adding fresh fruit or cucumbers to a pitcher of water, and let the flavors infuse for a few hours in the fridge.
Remove dead skin
Regular exfoliation of your skin will produce softer and fresher results. If your skincare routine involves exfoliating with a scrub at home, be sure to use light pressure. Consider this homemade option: Mix one part coconut oil with two parts sugar.
Use the right cleanser
First, don’t over wash your face. If your face is too squeaky clean, it means the protective barrier has been stripped away. And you don’t need an expensive cleanser. Choose one based on your skin type, and use tepid or lukewarm water to remove your cleanser.
Be choosy about sunscreen and reapply
For proper skin protection, it’s important to choose the right kind of sunscreen. Read the ingredients, and look for zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide in the list of active ingredients. Use at least SPF 30 sunscreen, and apply liberally to any exposed skin 15 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming. Wear a hat or swim shirt for added protection.
Did you know?
WVU Medicine Dermatology offers:
— BOTOX injections
— Chemical peels and filler injections
— Laser treatment for birthmarks, warts, and scars
— Laser tattoo removal
— Light therapy for psoriasis and eczema
— Mohs surgery for skin cancer
WVU Medicine Dermatology is your one-stop shop for all things skin care year-round. Our comprehensive dermatology services for adults and children are available for a variety of skin conditions — from acne to skin cancer. Several of our specialists are trained in both internal medicine and dermatology.
Learn more: WVUMedicine.org/dermatology.
This column was provided by Stephanie Bock, director of community relations and corporate communications for WVU Medicine.