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3 Summer Habits That Harm Your Skin

Posted April 28, 2017 in SPF, Sun Care Tips

Woman Sunbathing at the BeachIf you always get to the end of summer and feel that your skin is a little worse for wear, you may be failing to take proper care of it. Dullness, discoloration, and the worsening of acne are common during the summer. If you want to achieve that sun-kissed glow this season, remember these 3 summer habits that may be harming your skin.

1. Not Wearing Sunscreen

In 2017, it may seem redundant to remind people to wear sunscreen. While the increase in awareness of skin cancer has grown in the last 20 years and most people know to wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, many people think this only applies when you are spending an extended period of time outdoors. This notion couldn’t be more wrong, and it can be dangerous.

While you should definitely wear sunblock pool-side and reapply throughout the day, you should always be wearing an SPF when going outdoors. During a quick stroll through the park and on the walk from your car to the grocery store your skin is absorbing harmful UV radiation. Not protecting your skin from radiation can lead to the premature development of wrinkles and dark spots, and it can increase your risk of skin cancer.

So don’t skip the sunscreen this summer, even if you don’t think you’ll burn. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which is designed to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

2. You Don’t Moisturize

If you think moisturizing during the summer is counterintuitive, you’re not alone. Since we sweat more in the summer, it may feel like common sense to skip your daily moisturizing routine. However, sweating isn’t the same as providing moisture to the skin. Sweating helps cool your body by removing water from the skin’s surface through evaporation, not adding it.

Not moisturizing can lead to wrinkles, dull skin, and acne. It should be an important part of your skin care routine, no matter the season. You can switch to a more mild moisturizer during the summer, and choosing one with an SPF can kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

3. You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Seriously. Most people don’t drink the recommended average of 3 to 4 liters of water per day, and that’s even when the heat isn’t robbing their body of water. During the summer, especially for people who live in hotter regions, your body loses more water through sweating than it does during the other seasons. Even if you are drinking the standard amount in a day, you may want to increase your water consumption during the summer.

Restoring Your Skin

Poor habits and sometimes just genetics can leave your skin dull, discolored, or acne prone. While good skin starts at home, we know everyone sometimes needs a little help. At Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of skin care treatments to restore your beautiful complexion. From facials to chemical peels and lasers, we have a treatment that will fit your needs.

You can schedule your skin care consultation by calling us at 205.930.1600, or you can contact us online.

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