Over time, the natural aging process can cause skin to thin, lose elasticity, and wrinkle. While this process can’t be stopped, there are many tasks people can do protect their skin from premature aging—especially in the summer. If you want to avoid the need for cosmetic surgery, here are a few tips to save your skin from the sun.
How to Protect Your Skin From Aging in the Summer
Block the Sun
Anytime you go outdoors, you expose the body to the sun’s UV rays, which can increase the risk of skin cancer and premature aging. To protect against these risks and the need for cosmetic surgery later in life, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Follow the product’s application instructions and reapply as needed.
If you want to have a tan, avoid baking in the sun for hours. Instead, use a safe self-tanning product that will give you a golden look without sun exposure. Also, shield the eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses and wear hats and long-sleeves to increase coverage.
When subjected to the summer heat, the body perspires to keep cool—losing vital fluids in the process. If you become dehydrated, the skin will dry out and lose its youthful, confident glow. Dehydrated skin also produces higher amounts of oil, increasing the risk of breakouts and irritation.
To keep your skin looking fresh, drink enough water throughout the day. A good rule of thumb to follow: If you’re thirsty, you’re dehydrated. Also, keep summer cocktails to a minimum. As the AAD explains, alcohol can increase dehydration and cause premature aging over time.
While drinking water will keep the skin hydrated from the inside, also apply a moisturizer every day. The AAD notes that moisturizer traps water in the skin, preventing it from becoming dry and itchy. Applying moisturizer can also help the skin look fuller and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without the need for cosmetic surgery.
Taking these steps will go a long way in maintaining a fresh, healthy, young look for many years. If you’ve already experienced sun damage and premature aging, a specialist in cosmetic surgery can help turn back the clock with laser liposuction, fat transfers, and mommy makeovers. Schedule a consultation to discuss your options.