Lawrence Jaeger is an expert skin care specialist. As the Medical Dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology Associates he treats patients with all forms of skin disorders and provides skin care tips all year long to keep your skin healthy and disease free; especially in the summer months.
Summer Skin Care:
As excited as you may be for summer, your skin may not share the same feelings. Summertime sun and heat can be hard on your skin. It is the season when your skin is most likely to develop multiple issues from sun exposure, heat, and swimming. During these warmer weathered months, it is important to pay attention to your skin and be mindful of it by taking the necessary precautions.
There are a number of different ways to protect and take care of your skin during the summer:
Summer Skin Care Tips:
Protect, Moisturize and Treat.
Sun protection – Keeping your skin protected from the sun and its damaging effects is very important. The sun can cause a wide range of issues including, skin cancer, sun spots, blisters, and freckles. Be sure to always wear sun protection when outdoors. Use an SPF of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before you go outside, then reapply often, especially after sweating or swimming.
Skin toner – You may never have thought about using a toner on your skin, but it is a worthwhile product. Toners help keep your pores closed and your skin cooler. You may also want to consider rose water. Rose water makes a nice toner with natural cooling properties to keep your skin both cool and hydrated.
Cleanse your face twice a day – Keeping your face cleansed is important during the summer with all the heat and sweat. Throughout the day, it is easy to build up dirt and grime in your pores that may develop into acne. Wash your face with a foaming cleanser in the morning when you wake up and at night before going to bed.
Exfoliate often – Exfoliating is especially important in the summer. The process of exfoliating helps improve circulation while removing dead skin cells. Follow up your exfoliation with a good clay face-mask that can be used twice a week. End your routine with a light moisturizer.
Eat & Hydrate Your Glow. Go Natural.
Summer glow recipe – Papaya is an all-natural ingredient that can be used as a pack that will give you an all-natural glow. Simply mash-up two tablespoons of papaya with one teaspoon of honey, along with one egg white. Spread the mixture over your face and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. The result? A beautiful, all-natural glow. Simply enjoy a fresh chilled bowl of papayas. Better yet, eat more super-fruits.
Stay away from sugar drinks – Sodas and sugar drinks may sound good to have when you are thirsty in the summer. However, these types of drinks will deprive your skin of natural hydration. It is best to replenish those fluids with all-natural fluids like water. Water is the best for keeping your body and skin hydrated. In fact, sugar drinks will dehydrate you more. Add fresh lime or lemon for a twist, and try to limit your caffeine intake.
To get a customized skincare regimen, be sure to contact a board certified dermatologist, like Dr. Lawrence Jaeger of Advanced Dermatology Associates, for a consultation at (212) 262-2500.