Summer is here, which means dry, flaky skin. Explore these summer skin care tips to help you enjoy the Arizona summer.
June 20, 2020
Summer is officially in full swing, which often means dry, flaky skin. . There are a variety of summer skin care tips, ranging from sunscreen to taking lukewarm showers, that will protect your skin. However, too much ultraviolet radiation from the sun can damage your skin cells, resulting in sunburns, skin cancer, heat rashes, and more. Read on to learn how to properly care for your skin and enjoy summer in the Valley of the Sun.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Prolonged ultraviolet exposure — even in warmer months — may also lead to cataracts and premature aging of the skin like age spots, dryness, and wrinkles.
There are several steps you can take to protect yourself and your skin during the Arizona summer:
Certain foods have been shown to help protect the skin from the dangerous effects of the sun’s UV rays. Blueberries, for example, contain a plant compound called anthocyanin that protects cells from UV damage. Red-colored fruits and vegetables also contain compounds that can combat the onset of skin cancers, as well as stimulate the skin’s ability to repair and rebuild itself naturally.
Healthline suggests healthy fats from flax seeds help skin cells maintain their strength and elasticity while providing a protective layer for your skin. It can also help treat certain skin conditions like dermatitis.
Lastly, swap coffee or tea for coconut water. It acts on the connective tissue in your skin to improve elasticity, eliminate dry skin, and age-related wrinkles — plus, it’s incredibly refreshing on hot summer days.
Talk with a physician at your nearby Valleywise Community Health Center to learn more summer skin care tips or call 1-833-VLLYWSE to schedule an appointment.