There's nothing like a day in the summer sun, soaking in the rays and hitting the beach or the pool. But the sun and heat of summer can be the worst possible thing for your skin, leaving spots, dryness and damage in their wake.
Summer skin damage may seem inevitable, but there are things you can do both before and after sun exposure to help skin stay healthy and heal any damage that does occur. Here are the season's best tips for protecting your skin this summer - 3 tips to prevent skin problems and 3 to treat skin after overexposure.
Skin Tip #1: Pre-treat Skin With Vitamins
A variety of common products provide vitamins that will protect your skin from the damage that a day in the sun almost makes seem inevitable. Taking vitamins C and E together, as well as eating foods rich in both, can make skin less likely to burn with sun exposure. Cantaloupe and Watermelon are great for healthy, radiant skin as well as having high levels of vitamin C.
Skin Tip #2: Wear a Big Hat
A baseball cap offers only limited protection from the sun. A hat with a wide brim is far superior, protecting the face and neck from sun exposure. And it's far more fashionable than a baseball cap, too!
Skin Tip #3: Use Coconut Oil
Due to its lipid profile, virgin coconut oil forms a protective barrier between skin and the sun. It keeps skin hydrated and has an SPF of about 7, offering some protection from sunburn as well. Regular or organic sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should still be used before spending long periods of time in the sun.
Skin Tip #4: Take Cold Showers
Hot water dries out skin and aggravates sunburn and redness. Keeping the water cool will help to hydrate and heal skin, and it feels nice on irritated skin, too. If the idea of cold showers isn't appealing to you, keep the water as cool as you can stand.
Skin Tip #5: Drink Red Wine
The antioxidants in red wine can help reduce the redness of severe sunburn, so go ahead and have a glass every now and then. This is not effective to prevent sunburn, so using sunscreen is still necessary to prevent sunburn from occurring in the first place.
Skin Tip #6: Coconut Oil to Soothe Sunburn and Rehydrate Skin
Virgin coconut oil may not provide enough sun protection to be used alone for sunscreen, but it does serve as an excellent skin soother for after-sun redness and discomfort. Not only does it heal skin faster, it also gives some pain relief and prevents peeling. In addition, it hydrates skin to replace moisture that the sun removes.
Bonus Tip: To brighten dark spots and freckles caused by sun exposure, take a cut strawberry and rub it over your face. Rinse thoroughly after 5 minutes, then rub on a thin layer of coconut oil.