Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his tips for healthy summer skin
Summer means long days spent outside in the sunshine. It also means exposing your skin to some unpleasant warm weather realities. In a recent article called, “Tricks to Preventing (and Curing) Warm Weather Skin Disasters,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger spoke with BeautyHigh.com about how to keep your skin healthy during the summer months.
“Shave with the hair growth,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
In the summer, you tend to show more skin, so naturally you’ll be shaving more often. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends shaving with the hair growth rather than against it since “this can [also] cause the blunt edges to grow back into the skin rather than up and out of the follicle.” He also suggests to stop shaving for a few days if you notice razor burn or an ingrown hair.
Sunshine and pool chemicals can extract moisture quickly, leaving you with dry, flakey skin that looks dull and feels rough. Shaving can irritate dry skin and leave it worse off than ever. Even when the humidity is on the rise, take the extra time to hydrate and moisturize. Experts recommend that you try shaving with coconut oil to get a close shave and an extra dose of hydration.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other experts agree that sunscreen is essential.
Forgetting your sunscreen is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Even when it’s cloudy outside, UV rays can still cause damage. Make sunscreen a part of your everyday routine, whether you’ll be outside for long periods of time or not.
If you’ve already been sunburned, try healing it with 100% unrefined shea butter. With its anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter reduces redness and irritation and protects your burn during the healing process.
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