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Surviving Summer: Skincare

As kids, we never quite understand why our parents always got on our case about putting on sunscreen. It’s not until we get older that we understand the importance of skincare. While it’s important to maintain a regular skin care routine, the ravages of summer can lead to special summer skin regimens. From the sun’s ultraviolet rays, to dry skin and outdoor activities, each can affect our skin, and it is important to know how we can fight back.

Sun Exposure

The sun’s UV rays not only age skin, but also increase the risk of getting skin cancer. The misconception that “as long as you didn’t burn, and were just tanning” is no longer relevant. Any time you’re exposed to the sun for longer than 15 minutes, you should have sunscreen on. Ideally, you would want a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 and is water resistant, since we’re human and are prone to sweat. Although there are foundations and BB creams that are SPF infused, you must protect any skin that is exposed.

Chlorine/Dry Skin

If you don’t live near the beach, the next best thing is a dip in the pool. The only problem is the chlorine that is added to the water to keep it germ-free. Chlorine is harsh chemical, which can do a number on you. Besides messing with your hair texture and eyes — if you tend to open them under water, is skin can become dry, flaky, and cause premature signs of age. Chlorine strips the skin of its natural oils. When rinsing off and showering, avoid hot water, as it can open the pores and allow the chlorine to seep in more. Make sure to moisturize the skin after.

Blemishes

You may find that breakouts occur more during the summer. With the combination of perspiration, dirt, and oil on your face, this can clog pores and explain the breakout. Finding beauty products and sunscreens that won’t block pores is ideal and can contribute to solving this summer/beauty issue. Also, avoid touching your face with your hand as much as possible, as you can be introducing additional oil, dirt, and germs into the area. Make sure to remove all makeup at the end of the day, and cleanse the skin with a non-drying face wash and lukewarm water.

Photographer: Alex Ventura (Facebook)
Model: Alessandra Sironi (Facebook)

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