Follow These Summertime Tips to Keep the Sun from Wreaking Havoc on Your Skin

It’s tough to stay indoors during the summertime in Castleton, New York. Whether you go wine tasting, strolling through the cherry orchards, walking along the riverfront, or any of the other countless outdoor activities the area has to offer, you can bet the sun will be hot and your skin will suffer if you don’t take steps to protect it. 

Selected for the Top Doctors Award by the Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan in 2018, Dr. Padma Sripada is one of New York’s most trusted health care providers. At Columbia Internal Medicine, she can help you stay healthy inside and out through services ranging from primary care to skin rejuvenation treatments to meditation. One of her top concerns for you this summer is skin protection, and she offers these valuable tips for keeping your skin safe in the sun.

Stay out of the sun

The most obvious way to prevent sun damage to your skin is to stay out of it completely. That may seem extreme, but avoiding the source of the problem remains the most effective way to keep your skin safe. That doesn’t mean you have to become a hermit, but it does mean that you should keep your outdoor activities confined to safer time slots of the day.

Generally, Dr. Sripada recommends staying inside during the hottest part of the day — between 10 am and 4 pm. This ensures you won’t experience the most intense and damaging rays, so it not only protects your skin, it may also prevent you from overheating.

Put a barrier between you and the sun

Sunscreen is the next best thing to avoiding the sun altogether. When you use the right product in the right way, you can enjoy the summer sun without fear of sun damage to your skin. Here’s what you need to know about sunscreen:

For even better protection, choose clothing infused with sun blockers. Pants, shirts, and even swimsuits are now manufactured with skin care in mind. Wide-brimmed hats and umbrellas are also a great idea, as they allow you to carry shade wherever you go.

Moisturize and hydrate your skin

The sun and wind can dry out your skin and make it flaky and rough. To counteract those effects, quench your skin inside and outside. 

Moisturizing lotions can help return your skin to its lustrous state, but it needs to be reapplied throughout the day. And don’t forget your nighttime routine. When you slather on your facial cream, don’t forget to give your arms, legs, and torso some moisture as well — and the thicker the better. When you’re asleep, your tissues grow and repair, including your skin, so give it a boost with some nutrients before bedtime.

On the inside, your skin relies on the water you drink to keep functioning and growing new cells. Guzzle down at least eight glasses a day to keep dry skin at bay.

Slough off your old, dry skin

Your skin continuously produces new cells. Over time, the dead cells will eventually slough off to make way for the fresh skin underneath. But until it does, it sits there on the top layer looking dull and dry. 

You can help rejuvenate your skin by exfoliating once or twice a week. You can either use a loofa or a gentle scrubbing cleanser to get rid of the lackluster cells.

But be careful. Your skin is a living, breathing organ that looks and functions best when it is treated gingerly. Don’t exfoliate more than twice a week, and when you do, be gentle.

Calm down for your skin’s sake

Believe it or not, your skin knows when you’re stressed out, and then it becomes stressed out, too. Dr. Sripada believes in the power of meditation for your overall health, and knows it can be a factor in the well-being of your skin as well. 

There’s a proven chemical reaction in your skin when your mind and body undergo stress. It can make your skin more sensitive to conditions like acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema, and it can even cause hives, rashes, and blisters. 

Whether you’re trying to prevent sun damage to your skin this summer or reverse the effects of past summers, call our office in Castleton, New York, today to schedule a consultation. 

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