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Skin timeSummer in Jamaica is usually a beautiful experience but with the sudden rise in temperate, our skin requires a lot more protection.  In this week’s edition, I will share with you a few tips on how to care for your skin this summer.

Sun exposure isn’t necessarily bad, but we all know the saying “too much of one thing is never good”. The sun is a great source of vitamin D but moderation is key. The sun’s rays are generally the strongest during the middle of the day. Hence, it is recommended that you avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Therefore if you intent to be outdoors during these hours, you may want to take extra precautions, using your umbrella, hat or sun glasses to protect the face.

Exposure to the Sun

 Skin cancer- Excessive exposure to the sun may cause sun burns that may eventually lead to melanoma. Melanoma is a form of skin cancer in which the cells appear brown or black, but can appear pink, tan or even white.

Aging- Signs associated with aging are wrinkles, sun spots, freckle, uneven skin tone/ hyper-pigmentation which are all after effects of sun exposure. It is said that wrinkles are caused mainly by sun exposure that is why anti aging products focuses greatly on sun protection.

Summer Skin Care Tips

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  • Cleanser- Use a cleanser preferably with salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Salicylic acid works by reducing the amount of dead skin cells that trap inside the pores. This prevents the formation of acne pimples and helps remove blackheads and whiteheads. Glycolic acid also removes dead skin cells and reduces inflammation related to acne.This however is more suited for combination-to-oily skin or acne prone skin. Dry and sensitive skin may want to avoid a cleanser that contains salicylic or glycolic acid. Acne as we probably already know is a condition in which pores get clogged from a combination of dead skin cells, dirt, oil and trapped hair follicles.
  • Apply your sun screen- Avoid choosing just any sunscreen, but instead choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. For best results apply your sunscreen at least 20 mins before exposure, this will allow the product to absorb into the skin.
  • Moisturize- Your moisturizer should contain sun protection factor (SPF) which is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect the skin from UVB rays (the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer) and oil free. Applying moisturizers with SPF is essential regardless of the season.
  • Exfoliate –Exfoliation is the act of removing dead or dry skin cells from the surface of the skin for a more radiant, softer and smoother looking skin. Exfoliating in the summer really depends on how you generally care for the skin.  Exfoliation is recommended whether or not you are exposed to the sun. However, even if you religiously wear sun protection every day, over time the dead and dry skin cells will build up on the surface of the skin resulting in wrinkles if not removed.
  • Tone -The skin often produces excess oil and sebum in response to rising heat and humidity. Thus, toners are essential in removing any residual dirt, oil, and makeup as the final step in thoroughly cleansing the skin

Be Safe in the Sun! Feel free to leave your comment.


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