Most of us love nothing more than basking in the hot sun and admiring our golden glow. Often times, though, we do not realize the damage we are doing to our skin, which is certainly not worth the fading tan.
Nextcare, one of the nation’s largest providers of urgent care and occupational medical services, found that patients living in the western United States were twice as likely to seek treatment for sunburn and heat rash, than people residing in eastern states. For more info, visit nextcare.com. This finding is great to be aware of, but I think every woman, even those in Alaska, should make caring for her skin a top priority. Follow these tips and protect your largest organ to look beautiful not only now, but for years to come.Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high protein foods like pork products and pastries, which increase metabolic heat. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
- Dress properly for summer. Try to wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect away heat and sunlight.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods like pork products or pastries, which increase metabolic heat. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- Apply sunscreen(SPF 15 or higher). I’ll admit it. I’m really bad about wearing sunscreen, even though I know the benefits. I forget to reapply after taking a dip in the pool and I hate how messy it can be. When perusing netrogena.com, I got super excited to hit the beach and try their new line, Neutrogena’s Wet Skin Sunblock Spray. No more white mess and it is waterproof.
- Don’t forget about keeping your stands safe in the sun with an SPF hair product, such as Kerastase Voile Protecteur. It also keeps locks healthy when in chemical filled pools or sea water. Find product at kerastase-usa.com. Try wearing a cute fedora or J-Lo inspired floppy hat that helps you protect your skin and hair, while still looking trendy.
- During excessive heat periods, spend more time indoors and in air-conditioned places, when possible. Avoid strenuous physical outdoor activity.