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Summer Skin Protection

Aids Health Foundation

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Summer Skin Protection

Top 10 Hot-Weather

Skin Care Tips

by brooke jackson, m.d.
It’s been a hot, sunny season and summer is not
over yet, so you still need to protect your skin. Here
are 10 top hot-weather skin care tips and
products:

1. SUN PROTECTION: Wearing sunblock everyday properly is non-negotiable. Skin cancer is on the rise, especially among people with darker skin. For daily use, Aveeno Smart Essentials is a favorite.

2. LIGHTEN UP: Skin produces more oil in the summer, so those heavier creams you were using to get you through the winter are too occlusive and they can potentially cause breakouts. Think ‘pump and pour’ instead of ‘scoop’ when applying lotion. Yes to Carrots body lotion with SPF 30 or Eucerin with SPF.

3. MINERAL MAKEUP: Mineral makeup is a great choice for people with sensitive skin because it contains zinc oxide, which protects skin from the sun. A variety of color options that blend with the rainbow of skin tones can be found on the market. Try ColorScience primer and powder. The makeup is light, easy to use and sparkly. Toss the powder in your beach bag for easy
re-application.

4. LASER SMOOTH SKIN: The Fraxel Dual Laser is a resurfacing laser that smoothes uneven texture and scars and blends discoloration. When performed by a skilled dermatologist, this laser works exceptionally well with dark skin, with three to five treatments usually needed for best results.

5. BANISH LEG VEINS: Summer is the time to get rid of those pesky spider veins and show off those legs. Asclera will do the trick in just a few short sessions. The process involves an injection with a tiny needle into the spider vein. Also, you probably shave more often in the summer, so try alleviating nicks and ingrown hairs by using Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream for Sensitive Skin, which contains moisturizing ingredients such as aloe, papaya, willow bark and thyme.

6. SANDAL READY FEET: Here’s a great do-it-yourself sandal scrub. Mix 2 tablespoons of coarse salt or brown sugar and
1 cup of sesame oil or olive oil, massage into feet (and hands) to make them silky soft. If you experience blisters, try the new Gold Bond Friction Defense, which prevents friction, helps soothe and comfort skin, and keeps the sensitive area dry and smooth.

7. PROTECT THOSE PEEPERS: People who workout or play outdoors are at increased risk of developing cataracts and crows feet. Pick up some Jackie O glasses – the bigger the frame, the better the coverage. Also, make sure the lenses protect against both UVA/UVB rays.

8. SPF CLOTHING: If you plan to have significant sun exposure (such as gardening or training for a marathon), consider SPF-rated clothing. Tightly woven fabrics, such as Solumbra and Coolibar brands, will minimize your exposure to harmful UVA/UVB rays.

9. LUSH LOCKS: Sweating heavily in your scalp can cause irritation and breakage. Consider rinsing and conditioning midweek to keep those tresses in tip-top shape. And if your hair is color-treated or thinning, consider a fabulous hat to protect your scalp from the summer sun. Look for wide-brim hats that will not allow the sun to shine through. Cotton or a sun-wicking material, like Dry-Fit, is better than straw. Test it: Hold the hat up to the sun – if you can see the sun, it can see you and that is not a great choice.

10. LIPS: Women have fewer skin cancers on their lips. It is thought that matte lipstick acts as a physical blocker against harmful UV rays. Lip glosses, however, could do more damage (similar to sun bathing with baby oil).

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