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Five Tips for Healthy Skin This Summer

By Griffin Hospital on 7/15/2015
In the summer, increased ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can wreak havoc on exposed skin. But there are plenty of ways you can keep your skin looking healthy and radiant all summer (and all year) long. Our top five tips for keeping skin looking healthy follow:

1. Moisturize:

Dry skin accentuates fine lines and wrinkles, so keeping skin moisturized will keep your skin from looking dull and washed out.  When choosing a moisturizer, make sure it includes a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Apply sunscreen every time you leave the house, even on cloudy days. If you’re at the beach, remember to that even water-resistant sunscreens can be rubbed away when toweling off after a swim, so be sure to reapply often.

2. Eat right:

Ever heard the saying,”healthy skin begins from within?” It’s true!  Certain superfoods can shield your skin from damage from the inside out. Foods like blueberries, kiwi, yogurt, salmon, spinach, tomatoes and walnuts are all high in antioxidants. Even oysters and dark chocolate make the list- so next time you indulge, keep your skin in mind!

3. Drink lots of water:

Your skin is 64 percent water, so keeping it well-hydrated has been known to keep pores clear, fend off breakouts and help skin appear brighter. Even if you don’t do it for your skin, drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water every day is essential for good health and staying hydrated on hot summer days.

4. Be mindful of sun sensitivity factors:

If you're taking prescription medications, be sure to check the labels for warnings about how they may affect your body's reaction to the sun and heat, or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Similarly, if you are pregnant or have a chronic health condition, ask your doctor about the potentially harmful effects of heat, sun and fatigue.

5. Exfoliate:

Exfoliating twice a week will help get rid of dead, dull skin cells but also improve skin tone and help prevent breakouts. Even better, removing the top layer of dead skin will help improve the penetration of sunscreen and moisturizer, allowing for maximum protection.

If you have concerns about your skin or are experiencing any skin issues, please contact your Primary Care Physician

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