While you may have a skincare regime that works for you year-round, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind as the weather starts to heat up. Even skincare professionals have to work a bit harder to prevent breakouts and minimize sun damage during the summer months, as the warm weather brings a whole slew of skincare challenges. Below are some basic tips for maintaining your skin health this summer in Denver. If you have been managing a skin condition, like rosacea, acne, skin cancer, and eczema, then give our dermatologists in Denver a call and schedule an appointment. We would be happy to meet with you and create a treatment plan that works for you!
SPF, SPF, SPF
Living in The Mile High City means we are that much closer to the sun, which means that we have to take a bit more care in making sure that we are not exposing ourselves to harmful UV rays that have detrimental effects on our skin. Sunscreen is the most important, fundamental, don’t-leave-home-without-it tip. All skincare experts are going to recommend a broad-spectrum SPF that is at least 30 SPF and higher. While it is the first on our list, it should be the last step in your morning skincare routine. It is also important to reapply throughout the day, especially if you are outdoors all day.
Drink Lots of Water
Staying hydrated is something you should be doing year-round, but it is especially important during the summer months. Chances are good that if you’re spending any time outside, you are sweating because of the heat. Staying hydrated is a great way to make sure you are replacing the water your body is expelling, not to mention, it is also essential in providing electrolytes. If you’ve gotten a sunburn, it can also help in the recovery process.
Stick With Lightweight Skin Care
Because you’re more likely to produce excess oil and sebum in the summer, you’ll want to use lighter skincare products, like those that have a gel or foam consistency. As for moisturizers, you’ll want to switch from thicker creams and ointments to something a lot lighter and non-comedogenic, meaning that the formula won’t clog pores. This reduces your chances of getting breakouts, and also won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.
Antioxidants are known to help protect your skin from free radical damage and other environmental stressors, which are the culprits behind accelerated aging. They are especially useful in the summer when skin is more exposed to UV exposure because this is a form of free radical damage. Vitamin C serums are a good option during the summer because they protect your skin and are a great treatment for dark spots, which tend to get worse during the summer.
Seek Professional Help
It is a good idea to get a regular skin exam if you are out in the sun often, as sunburn and frequent sun exposure increases your risk of melanoma. The Board-Certified Dermatologists in Colorado Skin Surgery and Dermatology are highly trained in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. You can give our office a call to schedule an appointment with our skin cancer specialists to learn more about what your options are.
In addition to specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, Colorado Skin Surgery and Dermatology in Denver also specializes in general skin concerns like acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and more, as well as non-invasive and surgical body and facial procedures. Take a look at our site and contact our office to speak with a dermatologist or to learn more about our services.