The summer requires you to pay an extra amount of attention to your skin—sun damage, uneven skin and redness are all cause for concern in the summer months. New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of Skin Rules, shared her top tips for achieving flawless summer skin, and how to deal with a burn, should it happen. Considering that both Rachel Bilson and Vera Farmiga have sought out Dr. Jaliman for her skin care trade secrets, she is someone to trust. if you have one takeaway from this leading dermatologist, it should be to heed her warning that “sun damage is cumulative.” Essentially, while you wouldn’t leave your house without your smartphone, don’t leave home without sunscreen this summer.
Find the Right Sunscreen For You
Dr. Jaliman advises, “The only way you can pick the right sunscreen is to know your skin type.” So take the time to figure out whether your complexion is super-sensitive, acne prone, flaky, dry and then pick accordingly. she advises, “If you are oily use a light lotion, gel or powder and [if you have] dry [skin] use a moisturizing one.” Another tip from Dr. Jaliman is to look for a sunscreen with physical blockers including zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which won’t irritate sensitive skin. Picking the right sunscreen will mean you will be more likely to get in the habit of using it everyday.
Sunscreen Is Not just For the Beach
“Get into a habit of using sunscreen always, even on a cloudy day as UV light penetrates the clouds,” Dr. Jaliman urges. “Sun damage is cumulative. And don’t forget to protect your lips.”
Change Your Skin Care Routine To Be Summer Specific
“In the summer many women don’t change their skin care products, so they use a heavy moisturizer which isn’t necessary,” Dr. Jaliman says. “You may need to change to lighter products like serums and an exfoliating cleanser as the weather gets warmer,” she says. what sunscreen you use should change as well with the weather. “I like an SPF 30 all year round, but in the summer I recommend the ones that last 40 to 80 minutes in the water,” she says.
Forget Aloe, Head Straight For the Aspirin When you Burn
“If you get a burn take aspirin immediately,” Dr. Jaliman advises. “It will help decrease inflammation. Then you can use hydrocortisone cream or aloe unscented gel. you can also use compresses of half skim milk and half water. the lactic acid calms the skin. if you have blisters, it’s a second degree burn, and you need to see a dermatologist,” the doctor cautions.
Protecting Your Skin Means More Than Sunscreen
“Wear a hat with a 2-inch brim,” Dr. Jaliman says. “Look for clothing with SPF. Wear UV 400 blocking sunglasses. Try to stay out of the midday sun, [between] ten to four [in the day] for your major sports,” she says.
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