I was talking to someone about the Summer Olympics this morning and they mentioned that they watched a lot of it this last weekend. Every four years we get to cheer on our favorite Olympians and some of us become experts in sports we really know nothing about. Many of you will be watching the summer games intently over the next couple of weeks but many others will simply be spending hours outdoors in the sun enjoying your summer athletic activities. You might not be out there as much as the Olympians but nonetheless your skin will confronted with the same elements.
Here are some tips to help you achieve fresh, glowing skin.
Slow it down … A recent study showed that strenuous physical exertion actually produces oxidative stress that depletes the skin of antioxidants and makes it more vulnerable to skin damage. They found mild to moderate exercise actually has the opposite effect. This does not mean that you should not “bring it” any more. It simply means that going for the gold every work out is not as good for your skin as a moderated workout routine and that you should protect your skin when you are outside.
Cover up … When you are working out, especially if you are outside in the heat of the summer, you sweat and sweating decreases your skin’s natural protection against the sun’s harmful rays. It also washes off your sun screen! If you can’t give up your run or walk outside invest in some sun-protective clothing and always wear a hat and sunglasses. Also consider avoiding working out during peak hours (10-2pm).
Go liquid or foam … Liquid or foam sunscreens have a higher alcohol content and can help you avoid prickly heat. Prickly heat is also known as heat rash and it is thought to arise from plugging of sweat ducts and hair follicles on the skin from sweat. The occluded pores, trapped sweat, give rise to the tiny water bumps seen in this condition. Sunscreens that are hypoallergenic and oil-free should help you avoid this problem.
Hydrate … Drink plenty of water and use moisturizer daily.
Wash Off … Human sweat (with its high salt content) is a very potent skin irritant and can cause skin rashes and irritation. It is important to wash off sweat with gentle soap and water. It also helps cleanse your skin of bacteria, oil and dirt. Use a mild soap to open up the pores and prevent breakouts. Exfoliating a tow to three times a week will also help to give you that added glow.
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Enjoy the rest of your summer!