In the summertime, North Texas heat and humidity can seemingly set skin on fire due to sunburns and rashes. While some exposure is enjoyable and facilitates vitamin D production, too much sun can wreak havoc on skin, leading to serious problems including acne, premature aging and even skin cancer. By following a few simple steps, you can still enjoy the sun and protect skin from the destruction of the heat and sunshine.
~ Begin first by cleaning up your diet. Skin is the true reflection of inner health, and drinking a lot of water is essential. Your cells crave water, which helps to clean up and wash out cellular debris, including bacteria that can cause skin acne.
~ Maintain an adequate amount of rest and learn techniques that help avoid stressful situations. The body heals during sleep and stress only stimulates the hormones that produce more sebum/oil that bacteria love to feast on.
~ Cleansing the face with salicylic acid, an aspirin-based cleanser, is great for irritated and inflamed skin. It gently exfoliates and disinfects pores, leaving skin hydrated and less irritated. Products with benzoyl peroxide and vitamin A tend to dry out the skin, leaving it inflamed and flaky, in addition to intensifying one’s sensitively to the sun.
~ Add the mineral zinc to your diet, which helps strengthen the immune system and aids in healing. Be sure to take it on a full stomach.
~ Avoid wearing sweaty ball caps and change your pillowcase daily. If you sweat from working out, make sure to cleanse your face after a workout.
~ Avoid microdermabrasion when you are actively broken out, it only spreads the bacteria around, causing more breakouts, as can picking at skin blemishes.
These simple tips can easily be incorporated into a daily routine to achieve the healthy look of vibrant skin. Taking a proactive approach to skin care reflects healthiness as much as a toned body does fitness.
Vicki Knutson is a licensed esthetician and owner of LED Skin Care Center, in Plano. For more information, call 214-587-3786 or visit LEDSkinCareCenter.com.