The temperatures are still below average for the year, and the sun doesn’t seem to want to come out and play, but we are in the South, and summer will be here before you know it. That being said, it’s time to brush up on skin care essentials that will keep you from getting bitten and burned, and help your skin stay healthy for years to come.
To help your skin perform its job, experts at the Mayo Clinic recommend the following:
- Avoid direct sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest and can do the most damage;
- Choose clothing such as long-sleeve shirts, long pants and hats that provide adequate shade for your face, ears and neck;
- Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against both UVA and UVB rays), minimum SPF 15. Apply before heading outside, then re-apply every two hours (more often if you perspire or go swimming).
Protect skin from the inside:
- A healthy diet, consisting of fruits, nuts, whole grains and lean proteins, promotes overall health, which research suggests may promote skin that looks and feels younger, and is better able to fight or heal from infection;
- Foods such as watermelon, tomatoes, cantaloupe and wild salmon contain lycopene and other nutrients that help boost the body’s ability to fight against the cancer-causing effects of the sun;
- Stop smoking. In addition to the damage smoking does to internal organs such as the lungs, heart and blood vessels, research has shown that it also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are essential to health. Constricted, oxygen-starved blood vessels also contribute to premature aging and wrinkles.
Avoid insect stings & bites
- Apply sunscreen first, ideally 30 minutes prior to insect repellent for maximum effectiveness;
- DEET has been tested and studied for decades by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and remains the agency’s top recommended insect repellent ingredient;
- Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, Citronella and similar products are natural (non-chemical) alternatives for protection from insects. Unlike DEET and other chemicals, natural repellents do not damage fabrics, leather or painted surfaces;
- Permethrin-treated clothing is an effective repellent against 50 known insects, including ticks.
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