Summer is the time when we show the most skin. But time spent in sunny warm weather can create dry skin that can gradually worsen as the seasons change.
Keri Goldinger-Valasek, medical aesthetician, UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center, recommends three simple steps to keep your skin healthy and looking its best from summer into fall.
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1. Exfoliate Your Skin.
Dead skin buildup can give your face a dull, dry, lifeless look. Exfoliate to reveal softer, fresher-looking skin. You can exfoliate your face and body two to three times a week.
Helpful hints from Keri Goldinger-Valasek:
- Don’t overdo it. If you are exfoliating facial skin with a scrub, use light pressure. For your body, a firmer pressure is fine.
- Microdermabrasion treatments also can remove dry patches and other minor facial skin imperfections.
2. Hydrate Your Body Inside and Out.
Our bodies are made up of more than 50% water, but throughout the day, we can become dehydrated. This can give our skin a wrinkled, less firm appearance. To avoid drying out, drink plenty of water for internal hydration.
External hydration also is important. Try applying facial and body lotions immediately following a shower to help seal in moisture.
Some vitamins also may help your skin retain water. Ask your doctor for recommendations.
Helpful hints from Keri:
- If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add your favorite fresh-cut fruits, vegetables, and herbs to a pitcher of water. Chill for a few hours to allow the flavors to infuse.
- Do you sometimes need an afternoon pick-me-up? Keep a misting spray in your purse, next to your workstation, or in your locker at the gym. A few light mists will refresh your mind and skin.
3. Protect Your Skin from the Sun.
Everyone should use protection from the sun. But are you using the right kind?
Make sure to read the ingredients label. True physical sun blockers are zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. The most effective sunscreens will list these under “active ingredients.”
If these ingredients are not listed, the product is likely a chemical sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens lose their protective effects quickly and can irritate or burn when applied.
Helpful hints from Keri:
- If you are outside for extended periods of time, don’t forget to reapply sun protection often.
- Wear a hat to protect your scalp.
To find dermatology care at a UPMC location close to you, visit our website.
The UPMC Department of Dermatology diagnoses, treats, and manages numerous hair, skin, and nail conditions and diseases. We care for common and uncommon conditions, and our treatments include both surgical and nonsurgical options. We operate several specialty centers for various conditions. The UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center is a comprehensive dermatologic laser facility, offering a full range of cosmetic services and procedures. With UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we offer a Skin Cancer Program that provides complete care from screenings, diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. Find a dermatology provider near you.