5 Summer Skin Care Slip-Ups

Summer Skin Slip-up No. 1:
Soaking up some rays to get rid breakouts. Yes, a tan may temporarily mask a zit, but in the long run the sun will make skin dry and irritated, and increase your risk of future breakouts – not to mention contribute to aging and put you at risk for skin cancer. Instead, choose products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to control breakouts.

Summer Skin Slip-up No. 2:
Sure, you want your legs and underarms to be smooth and shiny before you take a dip in the pool this summer, but shaving right before you hit the water is not a good idea, and can irritate your skin. For a smoother move, shave at least a few hours before you make a splash!

Summer Skin Slip-up No. 3:
You dive in the pool to cool off on a hot summer's day, but don't rinse off. The chlorine that keeps pool water clean can make your skin feel dry and irritated. Try rinsing off after you cool off!

Summer Skin Slip-up No. 4:
Skipping the sunscreen does more than promote sunburns and increase your risk for skin cancer, it also leads to premature aging. Don't take chances; always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher before you head outdoors – all year long. Use 1 ounce of sunscreen to cover the parts of your body not covered by clothes, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Summer Skin Slip-up No. 5:
Ditching your shades. Your eyes also need protection from the sun. Avoid vision problems by choosing fashion-forward frames that block damaging UVA and UVB rays.


Hit the Spot

Toothpaste contains baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, and the antibacterial agent triclosan, all of which can cause a pimple to dry out. It's not any better than available acne spot treatments, but in a pinch, this home remedy can help.GG


Can certain foods make my skin break out?

Possibly. A growing body of research suggests that milk – especially skim milk – as well as certain carbohydrates including white bread, pasta, and rice may cause acne. Keep a food diary, and discuss the results with your dermatologist to see if there is a pattern.

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