Most people use sunscreen to protect themselves from sunburn. Since wearing it may seem impractical sometimes (when you’re in the sun for only a few minutes, for example) try including it with your favorite grooming products, such as:
- Moisturizing lotion (select an oil-free version for your face)
- Lip balms
- Liquid foundations (if you wear makeup)
You can also keep a wide-brimmed hat handy. Don’t want to mess up your hair? Just wear a visor. (Bonus sunscreen selection tip: Look for one that’s water resistant, with broad-spectrum coverage — to shield against UVA and UVB rays — and an SPF of 30 or higher.)
Pimples are another popular summertime skin concern because we perspire more this time of year. Sweat, when mixed with oils and dirt on your skin, can clog pores, especially on your face, back, and chest. To combat the problem, be sure to wash your face at least twice a day, and remove sunscreen and any bug sprays you’ve applied to your face and body when you’re finished being outside. Try keeping disposable facial wipes in your car, desk, or bag so you can clean up on the go. Before bedtime, clean your face (and remove makeup if you wear it), and let your pores dry. When buying a facial cleanser, look for the phrase “non-comedogenic,” which means it won’t clog pores.
If you have an active lifestyle, you tend to shower frequently, which can lead to dry skin. Staying hydrated is as important for your skin as it is for your body. Besides drinking at least eight glasses of water daily, you may want to apply a shower oil or after-shower lotion when you bathe.
Another summertime skin irritation is heat rash, which happens when sweat glands get blocked under the skin, causing visible, itchy bumps. If you scratch the bumps and they break, you might feel as though needles are pricking your skin. (Fun fact: Heat rash is also called prickly heat.) The easiest way to avoid heat rash is to wear loose, lightweight clothing that lets your skin breathe. Quick tip: If you like to exercise outside, try doing it early in the day before the temperature gets too hot. When indoors, take advantage of air conditioning and fans to help keep your skin cool and dry.
Your doctors at Teladoc wish you a healthy and happy season in the sun. And if you’re faced with any skin problems, just grab your smartphone, take a photo of your condition, and send it to us through our award-winning mobile app. Let Teladoc help you keep your skin smooth and soothed this summer!
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