Published on July 08, 2022 By Gentle Touch | Last updated on July 09, 2022
Did you know that, depending on the season, our skin has different needs? With this in mind, we should consider specific changes in our skincare routine and rely on high-tech devices that allow us to enjoy the summer.
During this season, hiking, beach, and swimming pool, among other outdoor activities, increase; therefore, ultraviolet rays penetrate our skin, causing burns, aging, and dryness, among other conditions.
Under this scenario, from Gentle Touch, we give you the following tips to enjoy the best version of your skin this summer 2022, without fearing chlorine, saltpeter, and sun rays, among other factors that are the main enemies of the skin.
Remember that at Gentle Touch, we are your best option for skincare in Bloomfield, CT.
Have a deep cleansing
The first step, and perhaps the most important, is to perform a proper cleansing. To do this, it is not enough to wash your face with soap and water or use products such as miscellaneous water or make-up removers. Today, some devices complement the skincare routine.
This care is essential because you are exposed to the beach, pool, or wherever you go on vacation. You should use efficient and water-resistant products. The product you use should clean impurities, excess oil from the skin, and bacteria present in sweat.
Exfoliate your face
Our face is always exposed to seasonal changes, and dryness can be some of the consequences of this, especially in summer when our skin is overexposed to the sun. Exfoliation is an ideal solution to free our face from dead cells, and face masks are positioned as a great ally.
Always use sunscreen
The sun's rays -even more so in summer- are harmful to our skin. This season, we have temperatures above 95°F, with ultraviolet rays penetrating the skin and accelerating aging.
In this sense, sunscreens and sunscreens are a must, outdoors and indoors, when using the computer, cell phone, or other electronic devices.
Moisturize your skin
The skin is a metabolically active organ; therefore, to maintain elasticity and adequate moisture, it is recommended to use different products that provide a higher proportion of amino acids, among other components, to keep the skin looking smooth and fresh.
You already know that getting a healthy face does not have to be complicated. However, we must dedicate time to our routine to achieve those results we long for. Having a face that allows us to feel better is an achievable goal.
Every year thousands of cases of cutaneous melanoma, one of the main types of skin cancer, are diagnosed in our country. And although it is a pathology that is detected mainly after the age of 60, we should think that the effect of solar radiation is cumulative and will accompany us throughout our lives. Just a few episodes of sunburn in childhood will increase the risk of skin cancer when our children are adults.
Children are indeed the group that should be most protected from solar radiation, especially in summer, and especially babies. As a general guideline, babies under one year should avoid the beach, especially babies under 6 months of age. If they go, it should be in the early morning and late afternoon, when the sun's radiation is less intense. Do not forget that umbrellas do not protect you from light reflected from the sand by the water, whether in the sea or the swimming pool.
But even if we are not children or babies, we must be cautious when exposing our skin to the sun's rays during the summer.
How do heat and humidity affect the skin in summer?
Increased sweating in summer has an impact on the skin, although it does not affect everyone equally. So how do heat and humidity affect my skin if I have oily skin and if it's dry? We explain that these factors promote greater stimulation of the sebaceous glands, worsening acne, eczema, and seborrhea on the scalp of people with oily skin.
However, this increased sebum production strengthens and promotes the hydration of dry skin. However, it is noted that sweating increases irritation and itching, especially in sensitive skin.
In addition to weather changes, bathing on beaches and swimming pools also affects dry skin: Chlorine can damage sensitive skin, and if rosacea is present, its symptoms can be made worse by the sun.
Skin diseases that worsen in summer
This condition, characterized by spots and redness of the skin, can aggravate its symptoms by contact with aggressive active ingredients such as chlorine. Therefore, it is advisable to shower after swimming in pools and use plenty of moisturizing creams.
Rising temperatures favor fungal infections such as pityriasis Versicolor, in which small rounded white and pink spots are observed on the back and chest, which are often itchy.
From an aesthetic point of view, pigmentation changes produced by the action of the sun, such as melasma or lentigines, can worsen in summer due to increased exposure to ultraviolet rays, infrared radiation, and visible light.
This group includes those diseases in which the sun is a trigger or can intensify the symptoms: solar urticaria, lupus, light eruption, photoallergic dermatitis, or Darier's disease.
As is logical, it is recommended that patients with a history of skin cancer take extreme photoprotection measures.
Tips for summer skincare
To counteract the effects of heat and humidity, we give you some recommendations for this summer:
Follow a daily three-step routine: cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen.
Do not overuse exfoliators during these months.
Moisturize more frequently if bathing on beaches or pools is frequent.
Do not walk barefoot to prevent infections such as plantar warts in public places.
Increase daily water consumption to one and a half and two liters to avoid skin dehydration.
Do not sunbathe between 11:00 and 16:00 hours in the case of adults, and avoid direct exposure to children. Use physical filters, sunglasses, and hats.
At Gentle Touch, we will help you to get the skin that you want in Bloomfield, CT. If you have questions about our skin treatments, do not hesitate to contact the Gentle Touch Team to get a Free Consultation. Please call (860) 216-6225 to schedule your appointment or email info@GentleTouchCT.com.