Taking care of your skin during the warmer weather of spring and summer is crucial, especially when it comes to hydration and sun protection. Your skin, a complex living organ with three distinct layers, needs some basic steps to maintain its health and functionality. First, let’s look at how each of the three layers of our skin functions in maintaining our skin health:
- The epidermis, the uppermost layer of the skin acts as a physical barrier, preventing loss of water from the body, and preventing entry of substances and organisms into the body. The epidermis contains skin cells called keratinocytes; pigment producing cells called melanocyte; and immune cells called Langerhans cells.
- The dermis is the fibrous connective tissue or supportive layer of the skin. It is made up of collagens and elastin, which help provide elasticity and pliability to the skin.
- The hypodermis is the bottom layer of skin in your body and mainly consists of fat cells, nerves and blood vessels. It has many important functions, including storing energy, connecting the dermis layer of your skin to your muscles and bones, insulating your body, and protecting your body from harm.
Now, let’s explore some tips to keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy during warmer weather.
The sun’s rays are the main cause of damage to the skin. Seek shade as much as possible and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Mineral-based sunscreens are a preferred option due to their safety and efficacy. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Water is vital for your skin’s hydration. Your skin contains about 30% water, which is lost rapidly through sweat. Drinking plenty of water helps to maintain your skin’s water balance. Ensure your water bottle is always nearby.
Gentle cleansing is crucial to maintaining healthy skin. Use a mild cleanser to remove makeup, pollution, and toxins without irritating your skin. Irritated skin accelerates skin aging.
Using a moisturizer daily is essential to trap natural water in your skin and protect the skin barrier. Use a probiotic serum and cream for your face in the evening and a restorative hydrating cream for face and body as often as needed during the day. Columbia SkinCare has been producing high-performance moisturizers, serums, and creams for over 150 years, made in the United States to exacting medical-grade standards.
In conclusion, taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Follow these basic steps to protect your skin during summer. Seek shade, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, drink plenty of water, cleanse your skin gently, and use a moisturizer daily. By doing so, you can maintain healthy and vibrant skin all summer long.