|The summer sun and heat can be damaging to your skin. Follow these tips for soft, healthy skin all year long.
Wash with warm water. Use comfortably warm, rather than hot, water when washing your face or showering. Limit showers to 10 to 15 minutes. Hot water is drying to the skin.
Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher before venturing outside and reapply every few hours if you are swimming or active. Remember, you can get burned even on cloudy days. Hats and long sleeves can also protect against sun exposure. And remember your lips. Look for a lip balm with SPF 15 to help prevent burning and chapping. If you do get sunburned, treat the burn with aloe vera and keep your skin moisturized to help manage peeling.
Avoid harsh soaps. After an afternoon tennis match, you may be tempted to hit the showers and scrub hard. But harsh soaps can strip the oils from your skin and leave it dry. Try a milder soap with a high fat content or one that contains glycerin.
Moisturize. After a shower or bath, gently pat your skin dry and follow with a moisturizing lotion while your skin is still damp. This helps lock in moisture.
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help your skin retain moisture, helping you look and feel better. If you live in a dry or desert climate, consider a humidifier for your home.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org.