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Warm Weather Skin Care For Children

Three happy children lying on the grass

Skincare is important to many of us. It isn’t just about looking our best like many people seem to think though. We also focus on it to ensure we’re taking good care of our skin. Each of us has only one body and we have to treat it and its various organs well or we’ll end up paying for it in the long run. Occasionally we need a little help though. Most of us turn to experts for a dose of that extra skincare knowledge we need to take good care of our skin. Not everyone knows to do this though. Children are especially lacking in that kind of focus and forethought. That generally means making sure their skin is taken good care of is left up to us. There are a few basic tenets to warm weather skin care for children. Reminding them to do these things will generally keep their skin healthy, them happy, and you most worry free during the time the children spend outside.

Sunscreen is a Must
Just as with adults, children need to use sunscreen when going outside during warm weather. Their skin is better able to repair itself at their young ages, yes, but it is always best to try to avoid the damage in the first place. Additionally, preventive application of sunscreen ensures there is a smaller chance of pained crying at dealing with sunburn later. The same rules of sunscreen that apply to adults also apply to children. You’ll want to ensure that you’re applying a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to the children before they head out. Remember that sunscreen needs to be applied a quarter of an hour before going outside to have a full effect upon exposure. The part that gets tricky is reminding children to come in or return to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours or more often if they’re outside swimming. Staying aware of when things need to be reapplied will help avoid problems later though.

Clothing Choices
Children generally aren’t as concerned with style as they might get when they’re older, but they do have clear ideas on what they want out of how they look a lot of the time. Their favorite shirts, bottoms, and shoes can end up worn out rather quickly. That’s generally fine since we can replace most of them, but exercising a little bit more control over their clothing during warm weather tends to be a good idea. You want to ensure that they’re wearing lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton to ensure they don’t overheat and to minimize excess sweating. This is the same reason you’ll want to make sure they’re wearing looser clothing as well. It will prevent sweat from ending up clogging pores and causing uncomfortable rashes that will make their summer less pleasant. Consider finding treated clothing to protect them from the sun or insects as well for an extra layer of protection during the warmer weather.

Happy little girl with shades and hat holding mother's hand

Healing from Problems
Even with dedicated care and attention, accidents do happen occasionally. That ends up meaning it is time to tend to a child’s skin to help them heal from the skin problem quickly. Most warm weather problems are going to inherently benefit from regularly moisturizing. This will soothe the skin, help it be more resilient, and encourage healing. Sunburn will get a bit more from the application of a good aloe vera product though thanks to the cooling effect though. Rashes can be a bit more finicky to deal with though. These are still relatively easy to fix though. You’ll want to ensure the area with the rash gets washed with lukewarm water and a mild cleansing soap to help unclog any pores. Combine this with an anti-itch cream and the skin should be able to heal nicely within a few days. Any issues that last longer than a few days should be looked into by a doctor to ensure no lasting harm was done. Remember that children are overall more sensitive than adults and ensuring good care gives them the best chances of good health as they grow.

Ensuring children are getting good skin care during warm weather is generally necessary to ensure they don’t end up having a bad time. Sunburn, rashes, and other discomforts have a way of diminishing anyone’s fun. All it takes is reminding them to do things like wear sunscreen and helping them to pick out a good outfit for spending a lot of time outside in warm weather. These will go a long way towards helping minimize the chances of there being any problems and ensuring everyone gets to properly enjoy the warm weather.

Must-Haves For Your Summer Guest Welcome Basket

Friends seated at home enjoying a drink

Summer may mean a lot of time in the sun, but it also means lots of visiting and spending time with people you know. This can range from a family trip to see another far flung section of the family to going and catching up with old friends. These sorts of trips to help renew old bonds and otherwise ensure everyone actually knows one another still. Sometimes we’re on the receiving ends of those trips though and need to be prepared to entertain guests. Admittedly, some of us also just rent out a home during the summer so that others can enjoy it while we’re away. Regardless of why you have summer guests, it can be a wonderful gesture to have guest welcome baskets. These offer you a way to connect with the people coming even if you’re elsewhere or simply out running an errand. They display care and forethought that will make any guest feel more at home. There are a few particular things you’ll want to consider adding to them though.

Sun Protection
Sunscreen is everyone’s best friend in summer. It makes a wonderful addition to a guest welcome basket for that very reason. After all, many people have had the experience of forgetting to pack their sunscreen for a trip and needing to pick some up when they arrive. Removing this little hassle from someone’s life is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. Don’t forget the basic rules for sunscreen though. You’ll want to ensure the sunscreen in the gift basket offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to ensure it can do its job properly. You may want to consider making the sunscreen a mineral one as well for the more thorough protection as well. Don’t be afraid to mix in other products with SPF as well. A nice moisturizer combined with protective lip balm can help people feel just as at home when they’re traveling. It is simply a matter of trying to make sure you pick the options you feel will be best for your guests.

Two women drinking juice at home

Beverages
Consider that summer has us all sweating more than we’d like and including some water tends to seem like a nice gesture. It is similar in spirit to the idea of leaving coffee and other hot drink mixes for breakfast, but instead focuses on the more immediate need in summer. Don’t stop at water though. That’s plentiful. What isn’t plentiful are pleasantly flavored and attractive drinks that people can chill and enjoy all day long. Consider including some of your favorite juice or flavored water options in the basket as way of encouraging your guests to stay hydrated while still enjoying what they’re drinking. You’ve got a lot of options here ranging from liquid flavoring to powders to already mixed drinks your guests will simply need to chill. Consider finding flavoring that matches up with the area the home is in as a way of giving a pleasant taste of the region at the same time that you’re helping remind your guests to stay healthy and hydrated.

Sweet Treats
This option can be a bit harder to do properly than a lot of us would like, but there’s no denying that certain kinds of sweets and fruits are popular during summer. They make a wonderful addition to a guest basket if you’re welcoming people into your home as you can keep the treats ready until people arrive. There needs to be a little bit of creativity involved when it comes to including treats for renters though. Consider leaving a watermelon and berries in the fridge along with a note in the guest basket telling your guests when the treats were placed in the fridge and letting them know they are welcome to them. This can let you include things like ice cream without worrying about them melting. If you’re uncertain on the tastes and allergies of your guests, you can instead include a list of local places where they can pick up fresh fruit or sweets that keep with the summer spirit.

A summer guest welcome basket is a wonderful thing to consider doing when expecting guests in your home. It doesn’t matter whether you’ll be there to welcome old friends or if you’ll be renting the space out as a guest welcome basket is a wonderful gesture. These suggestions should give you a rough idea on things to include, but they aren’t all that you can add to it. A little bit of thought is all it takes to figure out a few more elements of summer to include in the basket and make it even better.

Don’t Skip Sunscreen In These Sensitive Places

Women helping each other apply sunscreen

As one of our largest organs, our skin deserves the kind of care and respect that you’d pay to any other important organ of your body. That’s what makes it so confusing that many of us persist in giving our skin only a token amount of care and protection despite its important roles. Yes, the skin has various functions that help look after it, but that doesn’t make it perfectly able to care for itself. This is especially true when you realize that how resilient your skin tends to depend on how thick it is in a given area. There are areas of skin that are thinner and more sensitive than the rest. They need extra attention paid to them to ensure that they receive the care necessary to keep one’s skin healthy. Sunscreen, in particular, is a must if you want to keep them healthy. Let’s quickly review some of these sensitive places so we can all be sure that we’re providing them with appropriate protection.

The Face
Our faces tend to have some of the most sensitive skin as a whole. It is, on whole, far thinner than most of the skin on your body with few exceptions. As we highlighted above, there is one area of particularly special consideration when it comes to the face, but it needs focused attention as a whole too. Look for a good facial sunscreen. These will be noncomedogenic to minimize any chance of clogging your pores. Not every sunscreen that is used on the body as a whole necessarily has this benefit. Consider using a slightly strong SPF on your face as well. The average SPF required to protect the body is around 30 SPF, but going up to 40 or 50 can give your face a little extra protection. Don’t be afraid to try out makeup or skincare products with SPF in place of traditional sunscreens though. These can add a further layer of defense that helps to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

Around The Eyes
Some of the most sensitive skin on your body is immediately surrounding the eyes. This is especially true of the area just below the eyes that tends to puff up or look darker when we don’t get enough sleep. The skin in this area is incredibly thin and as a result, it needs a focused, layered protection to help avoid problems. You’re going to want to find a product that can offer SPF to the area. A combination moisturizer and SPF may be the best thanks to how spreadable they are and the gentleness of a good moisturizer providing a little extra resiliency. Don’t stop there though. Try to get large sunglasses capable of shielding the area as well. These should provide full coverage at many angles while still being comfortable to wear. Making the effort will help prevent rapid sun damage being done to the area. Admittedly, the area around your eyes is only one area of concern when it comes to the face, but did need to be singled out for the incredible sensitivity of the area.

Woman applying sunscreen

Decolletage and Breasts
The last of the sensitive places we need to highlight for sun protection continue the flow downwards along the body. Decolletage is a quick way to refer to the neck and upper torso just above the breasts. This tends to be an area routinely exposed to sunlight as well as having thinner skin than the rest of the body. Sun exposure tends to be the major issue here. A lot of us enjoy wearing outfits that expose this area and as a result, they constant barrage of UV rays needs to be protected against. You can use the same sunscreen you use for your face in that area for good measure. This will provide protection while helping to minimize clogged pores. Minimizing this sun damage helps one to age more gracefully. Anyone with breasts who enjoys letting the sun touched the majority of their body, if only for a little while, needs to be particularly mindful about ensuring their breasts get proper coverage as well, as that area of the skin tends to be quite sensitive too.

Properly protecting some of the most sensitive skin of your body with sunscreen will help your skin look and stay healthy longer. Remember that a lot of sun damage is invisible at first. It is a cumulative effect that eventually leads to situations where certain areas of our skin end up aging faster than the rest. Making the effort to protect those areas will help us look our best for years to come.

Options For People With Sunscreen Sensitivity

Woman applying sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of those things that most of us assume is available to everyone. After all, it seems like an inoffensive enough substance that protects the skin. The fact that we need to reapply it so often is a clear sign that it doesn’t have much staying power as far as topical products go either. Unfortunately, it is entirely possible for being to be allergic to or sensitive to particular compounds in common sunscreens. This is just the way things work out with a large enough population. Most people figure out fairly quickly that they have adverse reactions to most sunscreens thanks to the rash that tends to appear after applying it. It may seem like your only choice is to stay out of the sun at that point, but there are plenty of options open to you still. All it takes is adjusting how you think about the situation and potentially a doctor’s appointment.

Cover Up
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to fight back against sun exposure even if you don’t have sunscreen. One of the most immediately apparent is the simple fact that treated clothing exists that helps offer sun protection without needing to apply sunscreen. These treated clothes, unlike non-treated clothing, actually provide protection that is measured on a scale roughly similar to SPF. You can mix and match to create your own style for when you’re out in the sun. These also make a good additional option for anyone who can use sunscreen as well. The total overall protection is what you’re really looking for out of things. Don’t forget to wear large sunglasses to help protect the area around your eyes though. All of that sensitive skin needs what you can give it if sunscreen isn’t usable. All of these options offer a quick and easily accessible way to protect your skin. What you really need to do is use this as a stopgap and see if there is a particular compound in sunscreen causing your problems.

Woman choosing products

Being Picky
Interestingly enough, it typically isn’t sunscreen itself that is causing the issue. A lot of different compounds go into making such products. This is particularly true when it comes to sunscreens that are based around chemical blockers. These absorb the sunlight after settling into the skin and are typically the culprit causing sensitivity. The good news is that you can easily work around this problem by keeping track of what you react to and talking with an allergy specialist. They can generally help you narrow down the specific compound that might be causing the problem. Knowing this will let them help direct you to products that utilize a different combination of ingredients that skips over the compound causing the problem while still letting you use sunscreen. All of this does entail a little waiting though. There is a quick way if you’re impatient.

Mineral Defense
Swapping to a sunscreen that utilizes a physical blocker, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, can eliminate the sensitivity problem for many people. These work differently from chemical blockers. Where the latter settle into your skin to absorb UV rays instead of your skin, physical blockers sit on top of your skin and deflect the UV rays. Sunscreens like this are sometimes called “mineral sunscreens” given the prominent components are minerals. The only real downsides are typical that these sunscreens can be a bit harder to spread and are more prone to leaving a residue on the skin that you’ll need to thoroughly clean away to ensure no pores get blocked. Admittedly, some people do still react to these sunscreens. This is typically due to the use of a “fragrance” in the formula or a similarly nebulous and low-quality compound. In this case, you need to stick with seeing a specialist to find out what will work.

Sunscreen sensitivity doesn’t mean you need to spend all the time you can out of the sun. It just means you need to try a little harder to figure out what will work for your skin. Most of the time a simple swap to a mineral sunscreen can do the job, but sometimes the problem runs deeper than that. Treated clothing can help protect your skin while you wait for a specialist to help you find a more permanent solution to the problem. Regardless of the route you go, you can always protect your skin if you put in the effort.

You Need An Anti-Aging Routine For The Skin Below Your Jawline

Woman applying neck cream

Anti-aging skincare routines are something that we all end up being a little interested in eventually. After all, it seems like all our efforts before the problem starts did nothing since the problem actually started. This isn’t a healthy way to look at it. All the skincare that we do before it drifts towards focusing on anti-aging techniques serves the purpose of delaying when we have to become truly concerned about them and likewise helps to minimize the overall effects by comparison to others who didn’t take such steps. None of this stops it from being a little disheartening to see signs of aging where you didn’t want them. Most of us concentrate on our face to help minimize the signs, but they are prevalent in various places and not just above your jawline. Taking care of areas below it can be particularly beneficial to maintaining a youthful look. This is particularly true when it comes to the neck and decolletage.

The Importance of Care
We feel the need to stress that this routine needs to be average for all of us. This is because focusing just on your face ends up ignoring so much. The neck and decolletage tend to show age very clearly if they are not tended to and when paired with a comparatively well-cared for face it leads to clear visual dissonance. It makes it harder to maintain the look that you desire if your appearance is telling two separate stories. This is the same reason that you’re told to take care of your hands as well. Maintaining a healthy appearance that ages gracefully involves caring enough to put in the effort to target these problem areas to help minimize issues. Your face isn’t the only part of your skin that is sensitive. Remember that any area that enjoys routine exposure to the sun is going to need that extra bit of care to help minimize the effects of sun damage over time. With that in mind, let’s return to the topic at hand and look at the kind of habits you want to cultivate.

Extending Things Downward
You can actually get a lot out of simply remembering to extend the routine you use for your face downward. Rinsing, cleansing, and moisturizing the area will go a long way towards helping to keep the area healthy. You are going to want to pay particular attention to extending exfoliation into this area. This is thanks to the fact that the neck and decolletage tend to gain a heavily degree of sun exposure and as a result the extra exfoliation will help remove any dead skin and keep the area clean for nourishing products. Moisturizing regularly will also provide a great deal of help. The sensitive skin of your neck and decolletage is thinner than the rest of your skin just like your face. Adding that extra moisture back helps to protect against the inherent moisture loss from the skin being thinner and helps it remain more youthful and plump. All of these are things you can do for the area to help heal and maintain, but you need to do one more thing to keep the area below your jawline happy: protect.

Sunscreen Is Always Necessary
There is no escaping the fact that the best thing you can do is to remember to regularly apply sunscreen to your neck and decolletage. A lot of outfits exposure this area and the sun damage will add up over time. Sun spots, fine lines, and other issues all tend to appear readily in this area thanks to this fact. When all you need to do is remember to apply a sunscreen following the basic rules, there really isn’t much of an excuse not to make the effort to care for the area properly. This involves make sure you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. We should all probably escalate this rating some as we age, but it is important to note that you get diminishing returns from numbers higher than 30. So don’t end up going too high unless advised by a doctor. Additionally, you’ll want to consider looking for one a sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide. It is a physical blocker that will reflect the UV rays instead of absorbing them instead of your skin. Reflecting them provides better protection.

Anti-aging routines are key for many sections of your skin. After all, there are plenty of places that can show the tell-tale signs of age beyond our face. The hands are a prominent one, but even more prominent is your neck and decolletage. Without proper care, they’ll give an idea of your age even if you take perfect care of your face. Aging gracefully takes its share of work and we must all accept that if we wish to age well.

Skincare Advisory: Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure

Woman using sunscreen

We all need a reminder now and again about how to properly take care of our skin. After all, it is easy to get caught up in the month-to-month adjustments or product trials that we begin to forget elements that we ought not to forget. Most of the time we forget little details like how a serum should go on before any other product after finishing cleaning our skin. Other times we end up forgetting whole products and entirely setting aside things like a retinol cream or forgetting to do our regular mask. Each of these have their own effect on our skin’s overall health and that’s why we often spend so much time trying to correct our mistakes. One thing we need to try not to forget is sunscreen. It is vital to ensuring both current and long term skincare. Your sunscreen or SPF-including moisturizer or similar product is what will help reduce the overall signs of aging over time.

Anatomy of A Sun Ray
There are two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) ray that we’re concerned with when it comes to sun exposure. UVA and UVB rays each play their own part when it comes to our skin’s potentially for illness and its overall health. The fact that the sun can contribute to our health is why we have such an awkward relationship with sun exposure. Ultimately, any exposure needs to be short, controlled, and when wearing appropriate sun protection. UVA rays bring some of the more worrying effects for those of us concerned with avoiding the signs of aging for as long as possible. These are capable of penetrating deep into the skin and doing damage to each layer as they go. They’re typically responsible for introducing free radicals into your skin and being what causes the majority of photoaging. However, UVB rays don’t get off easily either. They’re responsible for both sunburn and potential damage that can lead to skin cancer. Both UVA and UVB rays need to be protected against.

Inspecting the Damage
Telling you to just avoid sun exposure isn’t necessarily as helpful as explaining the kind of damage that you can expect. As we said before, UVA rays bring free radicals and penetrate deeply into the skin. This is a problem because free radicals continually bond with and break the structure of various compounds in your body. They are especially good at breaking down collagen, an important structural protein in your body. Collagen is highly prevalent in the skin and is actually what makes youthful skin so firm. We need it and yet it decreases in amount as we age. Contributing to this decline with unprotected sun exposure will just make it happen all the faster. Both UVA and UVB rays can potentially cause direct damage to the DNA in your skin cells as well. This damage is what leads to replication issues in the skin that eventually cause cancer. As a result, we must strongly recommend never forgetting to wear sunscreen.

Protecting Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen or another product offering SPF is the only reliable way to truly protect your skin. Yes, your skin is technically protecting your body while your natural oils are trying to protect your skin, but they aren’t quite up to the job. Neither offers your skin the broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays that is necessary to minimize sun damage. Without that, your skin is simply sitting there soaking up the UV rays. We recommend favoring products with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin properly. You can keep going as high as 80 or more, but SPF begins to give diminishing returns past around 30 most of the time. Truly high numbers don’t end up giving you as much protection as they lead you to believe. Additionally, you’ll likely want to take a close look at the active ingredients of any product that you buy. Try to find ones that include zinc oxide in their active ingredients list. These sunscreens are physical blockers that reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them instead of your skin. That makes them even more effective.

Providing your skin with appropriate sun protection is necessary for long term care. Your skin can handle some sun exposure, but the more that you subject your skin to without protection the more damage that will slowly build up in it until it becomes highly evident past a certain age. Protecting your skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, minimizing the time you spend outdoors, and not sitting in the sunlight by large windows will pay off eventually. You’ll thank yourself for the effort later.

Skincare Product Switches To Make For Spring and Summer

Woman using skincare

The changing of the seasons means we end up needing to change more than our closet. All the little things that we do to prepare for winter need to be slowly swapped back out as we wait for the weather to stabilize. This includes adjusting our skincare routine again to back away from the extreme dryness that winter can bring. There are a simple ways that we can re-adapt our skincare routines to be ready for spring and summer. We’d like to highlight that you need to be patient and careful with this process. Changing your products can be taxing on your skin and as a result it demands staying alert to any major changes to your skin. You may need to adjust products to avoid adverse reactions. We do recommend that you stick with any new products for at least a month to ensure they both work and to avoid stressing your skin by trying new products too quickly.

Walking Back Hydration
Most of us step the level of moisturizer we’re using up one level for winter. This is due to the cold, dry air working against us keeping a healthy amount of moisture in our skin. It constantly saps at our skin and not using a heavier a moisturizer can potentially lead to complications from dry skin all winter long. You really just need to reset to what counts as your “normal” moisturizer when it isn’t fall or winter. For most of us with average skin this is going to mean swapping back to a light lotion. This will generally cover all of our needs. Those of us with dry and oily skin are in a more complicated situation. Dry skin needs to step back as well, but generally that’s going to mean swapping for oil to water-based products instead of ceasing to use creams for hydration. Those of us with oily skin will want to simply use products like toner to give really like moisturizing effects alongside other benefits. Getting your moisturizer right is important as spring and summer reintroduce oil control as the biggest skin issue.

Controlling for Oil
Oil production doesn’t necessarily increase in spring and summer, but the warmer weather does mean we have to contend with heat again. This leads to a variety of potential skincare issues that need to be addressed. The most pressing is how sweat tends to pick up oil and debris. These dripping collections of mess have a way of finding their way back into your pores and clogging things up. That’s why we need to invest in a good form of oil control for our skin type. In most cases a good cleanser is all you need. Look for a gentle one with an active ingredient like glycolic or citric acid. These two ingredients offer light oil control that can give you exactly what you need. However, any other gentle astringent will do as well. The goal is simply to make sure that our normal levels of oil production combined with sweat don’t cause our skin problems. Don’t be too enthusiastic with your oil control though as we all need our natural oils to protect our skin.

Evaluating Your Sun Protection
Spring and summer generally mean we’re all going to be outside a lot more. Those of us already focused on caring for our skin understand the need to look after our skin by always wearing sunscreen. This need doesn’t change as spring arrives, but it does mean looking into your current habits and making sure they’re adequate. Consider the products that you’re using. Most of us use a combination of genuine sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF to help protect our skin. The moisturizer is best used in the morning when we’re applying our initial skincare protection for the day. A good sunscreen makes for a way to continue to protect our skin throughout the day as the SPF wears away from each layer. Remember that moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen tend to last at most two hours in most cases. Always touch up your sun protection before going back outside or sitting around a large window. Your sun protection should ideally be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection too. Keeping all of this in mind helps to ensure your skin will be ready to face spring and later summer.

Taking proper care of our skin in spring is the beginning of preparing to take good care of it in summer. Now is the time to start making the necessary changes while the weather is at least of an extreme to ensure your skin will be ready for the more extreme season. Fortunately, it only takes a little tweaking to make the most helpful changes. Using these as a guide should keep your focused on the changes that need to be made while avoiding the pitfall of changing your entire routine.

Protect Your Skin from Disease and Early Signs of Aging

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Protecting our skin is something most of us take seriously. After all, the time and effort a good routine can take to assemble and regularly use is a distinct investment. Making the most of it is important. The goal of good routines is to help clean and protect your skin. This helps to minimize the overall chance for skin disease. An added benefit is that many of us will also age a bit more gracefully if we’re looking after our skin carefully. Knowing that a good routine can help do each of these is all well and good, but what are the elements that do it? If you know what to focus on, you can better protect your skin overall. We’re going to go over the necessary steps for properly protecting your skin so that you know some of the better techniques for protecting your skin. This way you’ll be better informed and be able to feel more confident about your skincare.

Wear Sunscreen
You’d be surprised how many people forget to do this. Your skin needs regularly protecting from sun exposure. Yes, a certain amount of sun is healthy and helps you to properly produce vitamin D in many cases, but any exposure for this purpose needs to be paired with sunscreen to lower the overall chance of skin damage. Sun damage is one of the biggest causes of premature aging. The UV rays introduce free radicals into the skin that damage collagen within your skin and increase the overall chance for wrinkles. This also degrades your skin’s ability to heal itself due to constant levels of low level damage. Your best and only solution here is prevention. Fortunately, this isn’t hard at all. All you need to do is look for a sunscreen or other SPF based product that offers broad spectrum protection with an SPF of 30 or more. It generally doesn’t matter what kind of sunscreen you’re using, but you’ll get more out of products that utilize the physical blocker zinc oxide as an active ingredient.

Be Gentle, Be Mindful
It can actually be relatively difficult to protect your skin from skin disease. A lot of them you don’t really get much of a choice in as they’re simply part of your genetics. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to do your best to avoid causing them to manifest though. Helping to minimize the chance of skin disease manifesting from your genetics is as simple as being gentle to your skin. Harsh products and rough treatments tend to be the things that will trigger the initial inflammatory response that can spiral out of control. Be particularly gentle when it comes to using products on your face as that area of your skin is extra sensitive. You will also want to be mindful of ensuring you wash your hands regularly before touching your face. Try to avoid sharing products with others as well. These simple steps will minimize your exposure to outside factors that can increase the incidence of skin diseases.

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Stay Moisturized
Another big step you can take towards keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking is to remember to properly moisturize. Our skin things as we age and is less able to trap moisture than it is when we’re younger. This lessened ability leads to situations where our skin becomes drier and less resilient in the face of any sort of damage. In fact, it actually becomes more susceptible to sun damage without a proper moisture barrier. All of this is relatively easily solved by the simple act of moisturizing properly. You’ll want to figure out the appropriate kind of moisturizer to use with your skin though. People with oily skin are going to want to stick to things like toners for the most part that are more water than anything else. This will help prevent other skin issues by adding to an oil buildup. By contrast, anyone with dry skin will want to consider oil-based creams as their best option depending on how dry their skin is at the time. The rest of us can generally get away with products like lotions that fall at neither extreme.

Protecting your skin from both disease and premature signs of aging is a commitment. You need to remember to use the right products and to avoid habits that can leave your skin more susceptible. It isn’t that hard though. Anyone can learn these rules and others to help them work towards better skincare. In the end, it all comes down to how much you’re willing to do to ensure your skin remains healthy as the years go by.

Haven’t Ditched Your Summer Moisturizer

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Moisturizers are an important part of most of our daily skin routines. We use them regularly to help balance out the overall moisture in our skin regardless of the conditions outside. Finding a good moisturizer is relatively easy when it comes down to it, but the “right” moisturizer changes over time due to various factors. Age is one of the more notable defining factors as it permanently changes how our skin acts and what is necessary for keeping it healthy. Aged skin dries out easier due to a lack of collagen. Naturally, we start using thicker moisturizers then. There are smaller scale and shorter-term shifts that can affect our skin’s relationship with our favorite moisturizer too. Seasonal change is an important one to discuss as your summer moisturizer may not be the best thing to keep using during the depths of winter. Let’s take a closer look at why so you can be a bit better informed about your skin’s changing needs across the seasons.

Oh The Humidity!
Moisturizers depend fairly heavily upon the moisture that is available to our skin to begin with once we start applying them. That’s why the best time to use them is within five minutes of taking a bath or a shower. Your skin will still be plump with moisture and sealing all that in there with a good moisturizer will keep your skin happy for a long time. This is easier in summer. The air is, on average, a lot more humid as storms pass through commonly and bring with them plenty of moist air. Moist air is less harsh on your skin and doesn’t eat through your moisturizer at a high rate. All this changes in winter. The season brings cold, dry air with it that is hard on your skin on contact and instantly starts wearing down any natural or topically applied moisture barriers on your skin. Naturally, this isn’t particularly health for your skin and it is in your best interests to prepare for it sooner rather than later.

Cold Facts
The problem with using a summer moisturizer even during with is that summer moisturizers can be your comparatively “normal” choice. These choices work well when there is already moisture in the air and tend to be able to last a little longer because of it. Nothing is actively trying to destroy the moisture barrier then. You need to be a bit clinical when it comes to selecting a moisturizer to use in the winter. There is a fairly simple rule anyone can use for selecting a winter moisturizer though: take one step up. This means that you need to increase the thickness/heaviness of the product you’re using by one degree or so to help ensure the product you’re using is able to withstand the weather. For those who typically use a lotion, you’re going to want to try a cream. People who typically just use toner may want to experiment with a lotion. Anyone with dry skin is going to want to find a heavy, oil-based cream. Notice the pattern? You get a slightly stronger and more lasting moisturizer for winter to act as the counterbalance to the harsher weather. Ideally, you should be doing this relatively early in the season too, but that isn’t always a luxury that we have.

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Staying Ahead of the Weather
Staying ahead of winter is always ideal. Think about it for a moment. Let’s say you’re still using a summer moisturizer even now. Your skin is likely starting to dry out or otherwise feel a bit off comparatively sooner in the day. Most of us react to this by applying a little more moisturizer, yes, but you keep needing to do this with summer products. There isn’t a simple solution. Additionally, any gap between when your skin starts to feel dry and when you can apply the moisturizer is time that the air has to dry out and damage your skin. This damage is cumulative and can eventually start to show. It is hard to heal it up too because the weather has already gotten ahead of you in that case. You can easily end up fighting dry, flaky skin all winter if you don’t start early. Don’t worry though. Swapping later is still viable, but you’ll want to look into other skincare treatments to help you reduce and heal the damage already done.

Summer and winter have different demands on your skin. For many people, the differences between seasons can be a bit hard to tell in most respects. This isn’t true when dealing with summer and winter though. Different levels of moisture in the air have a clear effect on the skin that needs an appropriate response. Responding early and staying ahead of things is ideal, but never give up hope on beautiful winter skin. You can get there as long as you start taking care of your skin properly.

 

Yes You Do Need Sunscreen On Cold Winter Days

woman applying sunscreen during winter
Wearing sunscreen is a must at all times of the year. Most of us recognize it as a necessity during the summer. After all, we’re generally enjoying ourselves outside at least a little. Summer isn’t summer without a little time by the pool or ocean. These make the need for sunscreen obvious, but not all of us realize the same is true for winter. There are multiple important reasons why you shouldn’t stop applying sunscreen just because it is a cold winter day. This ranges from the fact of sun exposure to the fact that sunscreens are, in many ways, lighter moisturizers. We’re going to take a quick look at why you should be doing your best to remember to wear your sunscreen through winter. Learning the reasons why will make wearing sunscreen in winter seems just as obvious as wearing it in summer and you’ll be better equipped to explain to others why they should as well.

The Cold, Dry Air
It is important to remember that winter air is comparatively dry. The moisture in the air tends to be depleted by the cold and this doesn’t do your skin any favors. In fact, your skin is constantly fighting to hold on to moisture all winter. Not keeping your skin properly moisturized results in dry, dull, and flaky skin that isn’t terribly attractive and that remains hard to treat all winter. You can stay ahead of the problem with the right moisturizers, yes, but you also need to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen is a lesser moisturizer, yes, but it is still a moisturizer that you can apply repeatedly throughout the day. This works in your favor as it can act as a touch-up product throughout the day so that you can maintain a healthy barrier between your skin and the cold dry air. The SPF in the sunscreen will also help you avoid dry skin too.

Reflected Glory
Winter tends to get its free pass on sun protection simply because winter is generally the season that we bundle up during. That means there is less exposed skin to worry about and that layers of clothing will be between your skin and sun damage. It isn’t perfectly true though. Your face is typically going to be exposed to one degree on another. That’s where the problem starts. The skin of the face is sensitive to thanks to the skin being thinner and then the problem gets a little worse in winter since the skin constantly losing moisture to the air means that it is less adept at protecting itself than usual. Sun damage actually ends up counting for more in winter and is target almost exclusively on some of the most susceptible skin on your body. To make matters worse, areas that get snow have to deal with reflected sunlight striking the skin as well. This can mean your skin is getting hit twice by sunlight and UV rays if you’re not remembering to wear sunscreen. It can end up drying your skin out even more and in turn that just makes the dry skin issue worse.

Standing Against The Wind
Even with all the issues we’ve highlighted now, there is yet another reason to wear sunscreen in winter: windburn. The cold, whipping winds already hurt your skin without proper protection, but the winter itself can be the problem too. It tends to make the dry air harsh on the skin and just carries away the moisture with it as it goes. Additionally, it can bring with it countless small particles that can damage your skin without an extra barrier. Sunscreen acts as a cushioning barrier against the wind. Its status as both a moisturizer and a literal barrier between your skin and the world both come into play here. The sunscreen keeps the skin moist and can catch are particles that might otherwise give your skin microscopic cuts that contribute to aging. Sunscreen is highly important for helping to prevent both wind and sunburn in winter. There’s no sense in downplaying how useful it is and yet some people refuse to understand this fact.

Sunscreen is just as useful to your skin on a cold winter day as it is on a warm summer day. Some reasons for the usefulness of the product change based on the season, yes, but the overall usefulness doesn’t diminish. This is why sunscreen should remain part of your winter skincare routine and not be dropped as the seasons change. Remembering to wear sunscreen will go a long way to keeping your skin looking and feeling its best all winter.