6 Steps For Beautiful Summer Skin
Prevention and Treatment Great summer weather doesn’t have to mean weathered skin. Dr. Fred Weksberg — call him Dr. W. for short — is a leading Toronto-based Cosmetic Dermatologist with some tips for radiant skin that lasts all summer long.
1. Use a broad-spectrum spf 30 sunscreen
You’ll want a broad-spectrum sunscreen which protects from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light. The shorter UVB rays make the outer skin burn, while the UVA light penetrates more deeply into the skin and can cause premature aging and skin cancer. The sun-protection factor (SPF) should be 30 or higher, recommends Dr. Weksberg.
2. The right skincare regimen for you
Dr. W suggests that all the new inventions we have nowadays — like retinols or Vitamin A’s, antioxidants, and growth-factors — can make your skin radiant.
Every person is unique, and every program he advocates is specifically tailored for each individual. Talk with a dermatologist about what’s best for you. Generally, a pH-balanced, moist cleanser that’s not going to irritate the skin is ideal, but not everyone needs a moisturizer every day. For people with a naturally moist skin, it’s not helpful.
3. Gentle exfoliation
Exfoliation also doesn’t need to happen every day, says Dr. Weksberg. Gentle exfoliation, using salicylic acid with a cleanser, is ideal. Some people may need more exfoliation because they have a lot of dead skin cells that build up.
4. Mole check
You’re exposed to a lot of sun during the summer. Start the season off right with an annual mole check with the doctor.
5. Take care of your skin issues
Sun can aggravate skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis, so it’s important to take greater care in the summer, and also treat acne and rosacea properly to prevent scarring. Fully removing your make-up at the end of the day can help avoid problems.
6. Balanced nutrition
The media is often hyping one food or another for skin health, says Dr. Weksberg, but really a balanced diet is the most helpful. Foods that are high in antioxidants can also help reverse DNA damage and pre-forming skin cancers, he says.