Summer safety tips for everyone

May 21, 2013

Remember to protect your skin while driving this summer.
Remember to protect your skin while driving this summer.

This time of year, the media is chock full of skincare tips. The reminders to wear sunscreen whenever you go out can get a bit tiresome after a while, so let's take a look at some of the healthy summer practices that may be overlooked in those everyday advice columns:

The driver's danger
Road trips can be blissful when the weather is warm, but don't make the common mistake of thinking that you're protected from the sun while driving. Even if you ride with the windows up, you can be exposed to harmful UV radiation. Unless you want half of your face to look like it was made out of leather, be sure to bring along a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when you hit the road this season. To keep it simple, reapply whenever you pull over for a rest stop or to fill up your tank, and you'll be good to go.

Protect your peepers
It's important to keep your skin protected, but the sun's rays can also do damage to your eyes. Sunglasses aren't only a fashion statement - they're essential for your safety! This tip is particularly important for people who have light-colored eyes, but sunglasses can also protect the delicate skin around your lids. If you really want to be safe, invest in a pair of large sunglasses - aviator-style shades are quite popular - and you'll ward off sun damage, freckles and puffiness around this part of your face. On top of that, forgoing sunglasses will leave you squinting in the bright summer sun more often, which means you'll need to get a Botox treatment sooner rather than later to treat your inevitable crow's feet.

Don't sweat it
Moisturizer is your best friend in the winter, because the cool, dry air can cause your skin to flake. In the summer, however, you'll likely be experiencing just the opposite - sweat and humidity will cause your skin to be saturated with oils that can lead to blemishes. Washing your face two or three times a day is recommended, and you should still apply a moisturizer with SPF afterward to keep your skin healthy. If you are already suffering from sun blemishes, consider paying a visit to your local aesthetic plastic surgeon's office to schedule a microdermabrasion or chemical peel.

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