photo credit: www.islandeyenews.com

photo credit: www.islandeyenews.com

Now that it’s sunny in the low country, it’s vital to pay attention to your summer skin care. The first rule of thumb: don’t get your tan in the sun or by using tanning beds.  Use self-tanners or makeup bronzers.

Are you using enough sunblock, and are you reapplying every few hours?

And of course the number one rule: use sunscreen all the time and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day.  Sunblock must be at least 30 SPF and must provide protection against UVA and UVB rays. It’s advisable to test and sample many types of sunscreen to find one you’re skin likes, and apply it at least 30 minutes before going into the sun, and reapply every 2 to 3 hours.

Sunscreen should be used in combination with other methods of protecting yourself from the sun, like wearing wide brimmed hats and other clothing that protects you from the sun.

Another tip; sunscreen works best if you also use an antioxidant serum in the morning. Opt for the stronger grade serums as they do a better job of protecting against the damaging effects of the sun.  At night, use retin-a or retinol because of its ability to help your skin repair itself. Although these products make your skin more sensitive to sun (so stay out of the sun after applying), they are a necessity when trying to reduce the effects of sun damage.

For a more in-depth understanding of skin care for the summer, please see the full article from Eyeland News here:
Skin Care Tips For A Lowcountry Summer