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Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy and Protected During the Summer

Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy and Protected During the Summer

The hot and humid Houston summers mean more than longer days and higher temperatures. It’s a time to stay mindful of skin health and keep your skin protected from the damaging effects of the sun. 

Being outdoors can be enjoyable, but it's crucial to protect your skin from the sun's damaging effects. Follow these expert tips from board-certified family medicine physician Ranjit S. Grewal, MD to help you maintain healthy skin while enjoying the summer sun and fun.

Apply sunscreen generously

Using a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily is a simple and effective way to shield your skin. On days when you plan to be outdoors for extended periods, opt for a higher SPF of 30. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating, ensuring that you cover all exposed skin areas.

Avoid peak sun hours

Stay indoors or seek shade between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun's harmful UV rays are most intense. Even when in the shade, remember to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from indirect UV exposure.

Choose protective clothing

Opt for lightweight, breathable, and tightly woven fabrics like linen and cotton to shield your skin from the sun without having to rely solely on sunscreen. Wear loose-fitting long-sleeve shirts, pants, or longer skirts, along with a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face. Don't forget quality sunglasses with polarized lenses that block UV rays to safeguard your eyes.

Use sun-savvy accessories

Adding sun-protective accessories, such as UV-blocking umbrellas or parasols and UPF-rated clothing, will provide an extra layer of defense against the sun's harmful rays. These items not only enhance your style but also contribute to safeguarding your skin during outdoor activities.

Monitoring the UV index

Stay informed about the UV index forecast to plan your outdoor activities with skin protection in mind. On days with high UV radiation, take extra precautions or adjust your schedule to minimize sun exposure, ensuring that you are proactively caring for your skin throughout the summer months.

Stay hydrated

Proper hydration is essential, especially during the hot summer months. Monitor your urine color to ensure you're well-hydrated. Aim for clear or light yellow urine, and choose water over sugary drinks for optimal hydration. 

Incorporate water-rich fruits and vegetables, such as cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberries, cucumbers, and tomatoes, into your diet. IV hydration services are also available from Dr. Ranjit Grewal at our office in Houston, TX. 

Maintain a healthy skin care routine

Keep your skin's pores clean during the summer by exfoliating daily to remove sweat, sunscreen, chlorine, sand, and other contaminants. If your skin is irritated from sun exposure, opt for soothing lotions like aloe or botanical formulas to reduce redness and inflammation.

By following these expert tips, you can enjoy outdoor activities while keeping your skin protected and healthy. Don't wait to prioritize your skin health and overall well-being this summer! Give us a call or book online to schedule a visit with Dr. Grewal to learn more about protecting your skin and addressing all your family medicine needs. 

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