Everyone knows you should wear sunscreen when you hit the shore or stay poolside, but there’s more to summertime skin care that you need to know.
Our board-certified dermatologists at Manhattan Dermatology in New York City work to keep your skin as healthy as possible with our general and cosmetic dermatology services.
Visit us at our Murray Hill or Midtown East offices in Manhattan for customized preventive care and treatment designed with your skin goals in mind. In the meantime, check out our best summertime skin care tips to keep you and your skin healthy this season.
Sunscreen — never leave home without it
Sunscreen isn’t something you only slather on when you plan a beach trip or a lazy day by the pool. To keep your skin healthy and looking its best this summer and all year round, never leave home without this essential sun protection.
Choose a sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher, and look for a brand that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. You can choose makeup and moisturizers with added SPF for your face, lips, and ears.
Keep these tips in mind whenever you apply sunscreen:
- Wear sunscreen every day, even when the sun hides behind the clouds
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours when you’re swimming or sweating a lot
- Always apply at least 2 ounces of sunscreen when you’re wearing a swimsuit or clothes that leave most of your skin uncovered
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tips and backs of your ears and the back of your neck
Applying sunscreen regularly not only helps keep you safe from skin cancer, but it also helps reduce premature aging, facial veins, and sunspots.
Rethink your skin care routine
Just as you wear lighter-weight clothes in the summer, consider switching to lighter skin care products during the hot, humid summer months.
Talk to us at Manhattan Dermatology about swapping out oil-based skin care products to avoid clogged pores and acne. We can make personalized recommendations based on your summertime needs.
Seek the shade
Our dermatology experts all agree that staying out of direct sun as much as possible is one of the best ways to protect your skin this summer and all year long. That means planning around the most intense rays, which appear between 10am and 2pm each day, and dressing in layers so you can cover up when avoiding the sun isn’t possible.
Don’t forget to dress and accessorize with your skin in mind by grabbing wide-brimmed hats and UVA/UVB-protection sunglasses to keep the sensitive skin on your face, neck, eyes, and ears safe from the sun.
Consider what you eat and drink
Staying hydrated is essential for optimal skin health, and during the summer it’s even more important to keep a glass or bottle of water near you at all times. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, and that means your skin is, too.
The food you eat also plays a role in your skin health. Consider adding in foods rich in antioxidants, which protect your skin from damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollution.
Stock up on dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, and green tea for an added antioxidant boost. You can also use an antioxidant serum for more protection. Talk to your Manhattan Dermatology provider for a personalized recommendation.
Get expert advice and care
One of the most important ways to care for your skin is with expert care and a customized care plan by a skin specialist. At Manhattan Dermatology, we check for signs of skin cancer and ask questions about your lifestyle to offer the best preventive and treatment options for your needs.
If you notice signs of sun damage or aging, our team of cosmetic dermatology providers offers laser treatments and chemical peels to brighten and rejuvenate your skin. We can also make recommendations for dermal fillers to give you a more youthful appearance.
Get customized skin care tips for your best summertime skin by contacting us at Manhattan Dermatology. Call the New York City office most convenient for you, in Murray Hill or Midtown East, or book an appointment using our online system now.