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Your Complete Guide to Summertime Skin Protection and Care

Your Complete Guide to Summertime Skin Protection and Care

Summer is a time for outdoor activities, vacations, and soaking up the sun. However, hot weather, humidity, and extra sun exposure can clog pores, burn skin, and ruin summer skin goals. 

By following a good skin care routine, however, you can keep your skin glowing and healthy throughout the summer. Here at Hines Dermatology Associates in Attleboro, Massachusetts, Dr. Yvonne Hines and her team help patients manage even the most stubborn skin issues all year long. 

As you head into summer, we’ve put together a guide to help you protect and care for your skin while you enjoy fun in the sun.

The risks of sun exposure

The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, which play a role in skin damage and skin aging. UV rays are classified into two types: ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B

UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, causing accelerated skin aging and wrinkles, whereas UVB rays are mainly responsible for sunburn. Both types increase the risk of skin cancer, making it essential to protect your skin whenever you're outdoors.

Choose the right sunscreen

Sunscreen is your first line of defense against damaging ultraviolet rays. When choosing a sunscreen, aim for a broad-spectrum product that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 provides adequate protection. 

For sensitive or acne-prone skin, opt for a fragrance-free sunscreen that won’t clog pores.

Apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed regions of your skin at least 15 minutes before heading outside. If you’re outdoors for long periods, reapply sunscreen every few hours, or more often if you’re swimming or sweating. Pay attention to often-missed spots like your ears, neck, and tops of your feet.

Wear protective clothing and accessories

In addition to sunscreen, wearing protective clothing is a good way to reduce sun exposure. Choose lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants made from tightly woven fabrics. Many outdoor apparel brands offer clothing with built-in UV protection.

Accessories like wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses can further shield your face and eyes from the sun. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection to ensure that your eyes are fully protected.

Seek out shade

Whenever possible, seek shade to avoid direct sun exposure. This is especially critical between 10am and 4pm, when UV rays are the most intense. If you're spending the day at the beach or park, carry an umbrella or pop-up tent to provide shade.

Hydration and skin care

Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining healthy skin, particularly in the summer heat. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Incorporate a lightweight, hydrating moisturizer into your daily skin care routine to prevent dryness and flaking.

Avoid using harsh exfoliants and opt for gentle, hydrating cleansers instead. Sun exposure can make your skin more sensitive, and over-exfoliation can lead to irritation and damage.

Treating sunburns

Even when you do everything right, you might still end up with a sunburn. If you do, it’s important to treat it right away to minimize discomfort and damage. 

Cool baths, aloe vera gel, and over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can soothe sunburned skin. Drink extra water to stay hydrated, and avoid further sun exposure until the burn has healed.

Monitoring your skin

Regular skin checks are vital for catching any early signs of skin damage or skin cancer. Keep an eye on moles and freckles, noting any changes in size, shape, or color. If you notice anything unusual, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hines. 

The team at Hines Dermatology Associates is here to support you with expert advice and treatments tailored to your skin care needs. Book online or call us today to schedule a consultation and ensure your skin stays healthy all year round.

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