Taking care of the skin during summer days it can be quite a challenge! The face produces more oiliness due to the heat, the body becomes drier due to solar radiation and the use of certain skincare products ends up generating many questions: can the moisturizer be used without fear at this time? What features does sunscreen for the face and body need to have? How should I take care of my skin after the beach and pool?
Taking advantage of Dermatologist’s Day (February 5), Cares for Life invited dermatologist Carolina Marcon, who revealed body and face care that can’t be missed during the hottest season of the year to keep your skin beautiful without major concerns !
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In the summer, two main phenomena happen to our skin: it can become oily and, at the same time, dry due to the heat. The expert reveals why this happens: “The biggest tendency to get oily occurs due to climate issues, which involve air humidity and stimulation of the sebaceous glands, which tends to worsen acne”.
Dryness, on the other hand, is caused by a lack of sun protection, as the doctor explains: “Many people do not protect themselves properly, they have burns and this leads to some consequences, such as dry skin”. The doctor also points out that this excess sun on the face usually evolves with dryness, followed by a rebound effect, which is increased oiliness.
The importance of reinforcing the use of sunscreen on the body and face
Dr. Carolina points out that the use of sunscreen in the summer is essential to prevent the formation of burns, which increase the risk of skin cancer. For this protection to be even more effective, the specialist lists some characteristics that the skincare product must have: “Look for a protector that has a broad spectrum, with protection against rays UVA and UVBminimum FPS of 30 and a minimum PPD of 10”.
It is also necessary to pay attention to the texture of the filter and choose one that is suitable for your skin type. Oily skins ask for more fluid protectors, while drier skins can use cream versions.
How to moisturize the skin in summer?
A lot of people think they shouldn’t use body moisturizer on hot days because it will increase skin oiliness, but that’s just a myth! The dermatologist says that taking care of hydration is super important to prevent skin dryness caused by the sun: “Dry skin is more likely to have an allergic reaction and the penetration of microorganisms that cause infection. So, it is essential to keep the region hydrated to preserve the protective barrier”.
Drinking water can also benefit our skin on hot days.
Drinking water is essential for everything. in the summer, explains Dr. Carolina: “Throughout the season, we have a greater tendency to lose more liquid due to the heat and the increase in temperature. So it’s super important to restore hydration through water. It plays a role throughout our body, including the skin, improving cell function and protective barrier function.” The ideal is to drink at least 3 liters of water a day to stay hydrated inside and out.
Skin care before, during and after a day at the beach and pool
Before: Check that the skin is intact. “If the region is injured or has any kind of injury, the ideal is not to get into the water due to the risk of infection”, recommends the doctor. Another important measure is to keep your skin hydrated even before going to the beach or pool.
During: The use of sunscreen for the face and body. “This is a fundamental item that must be applied about 20 minutes before sunbathing in all exposed areas, taking care to replicate the product every hour”, says Dr. Carolina.
Post: Hydrate the skin a lot. “The chlorine in the pool and the salt water in the sea are very drying to the body and face. For this reason, it is essential to maintain the integrity of the region through hydration”, concludes the professional. Invest in a product that doesn’t have perfume, much less components that could harm the skin, and that have substances with the intense power to reconstitute the skin barrier.