Summer Skin Care
Summer is one of the seasonal battles for maintaining good skin care! Summer may not have the harsh cold or winds of the winter, but it does have the pushing heat of the sun at its maximum strength during the summer months.To reduce or avoid the effects of the sun’s harmful rays, here are a few tips.
Using sunscreen product which has a SPF of 15 or above is essential for us all. Allowing yourself to bake in the midday sun, damages and prematurely ages skin as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer. Use a complete sun-block of factor 50 for children. Research indicates that one or more severe sunburns in childhood significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.Check the expiry date on your sunscreen. Sunscreen without an expiry date should not be kept for any longer than 3 years. Always wear a hat in the sun, preferably with a wide brim which will protect your face.
Always wear sunglasses which block 100% of the sun’s UV rays.Most retail outlets sell sunglasses with a sticker showing the percentage of UV protection.These will protect your eyes and also the skin around them which is particularly thin. If you are wearing lightweight or lightly coloured fabrics use sunscreen under your clothing.Research has proven that the sun can penetrate lightweight and lighter coloured fabrics. And if you’re not worried about being too hot, wear darker, tightly woven fabrics as these are much more effective at blocking UV rays.
Drink plenty of water, hot weather increases the risk of dehydration which can be very dangerous if an extreme case. If you are undertaking any form of excersise or other physical activity, have a drink before you start and keep drinking throughout. In addition to the health risks of dehydration your skin will take a hammering if your body is lacking essential water.
The incidence of skin cancer is on the increase and it is believed that many deaths that occur can be prevented via early detection. By taking the time to examine your skin monthly, you will become familiar with what is normal for you and where any blemishes and moles are located.It is useful to note down the dates of self-exams.
Check the entirety of your body,including the feet,between the toes and the whole of your head:including your ears and scalp.Use a mirror for parts of your body that are hard to see and make sure that the room has good visibility or is well-lit.Whilst you are locking at each area, use your hands to feel over your skin.If you are concerned about anything that you find, regardless of how small and how “silly” you might feel, be sure to make an appointment with your Doctor and get yourself checked out.