Florida is paradise. The sun shines daily, the beaches are gorgeous, and the weather is almost always perfect for going out and enjoying all that the Sunshine State has to offer.
Unfortunately, with the beautiful weather and bright sun comes an increased risk of skin damage, dry skin, and premature aging (photoaging) caused by intense sun rays. This can reduce your skin’s natural glow. Fortunately, there are effortless ways to protect your skin from Florida sun while maintaining a glow all year round.
The Science Of Glowing Skin
Can skin glow naturally without makeup and glitter? The answer is yes.
Can you have glowing skin? The answer again is yes. Your skin will glow if your cells are often renewed, and if you have good circulation.
New cells make your skin smoother and reflect light better. Old cells give the skin a dry and wrinkled skin appearance because it barely reflects light. Have you ever noticed how kids and teenagers have a natural glow? This is because they renew their skin cells every 28 days.
With good circulation, toxins get removed away from your skin faster and your skin gets more moisture and nourishment. Your skin becomes more supple and glows easily. People who work out often and pregnant women glow because they have increased circulation to their skin.
The Science Of Photoaging
When skin is overexposed to the sun, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun easily penetrates the skin cells and damages their DNA. With the heat, you lose moisture, your skin produces less collagen and begins to sag. This all leads to dry skin, age spots such as liver spots and freckles, skin cancers, wrinkles, and an unattractive look.
Here Are Seven Tips On How To Protect Your Skin From Florida Sun Damage
Did you know that sunscreen is king? The most important thing you can do to keep your skin young and to protect further damage is to wear sunscreen. You should always wear sunscreen every day, no matter the weather or season.
Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that provides both UVA and UVB protection. Apply it generously to all exposed skin, including the face, neck, chest, and back, and reapply it every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Avoid sugary drinks like sodas and juices, which can cause dehydration. And limit your intake of alcohol, which can also lead to dehydration.
Eating a healthy diet is important for maintaining glowing skin. Avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar, which can cause inflammation. Instead, focus on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Exercise helps improve circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the skin. It also helps to flush out toxins that can damage the skin.
Use A Moisturizer
Moisturize your skin daily, with a zinc oxide-based product that contains SPF 30 or higher. This will help keep your skin hydrated and protect it from the sun’s damaging rays.
Exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells that can dull the complexion. When you exfoliate, your new cells come up to the surface. Use a gentle exfoliating product two or three times a week for best results.
Use A Skin Brightener
If you have any dark spots or discoloration, using a skin brightener can help to even out the skin tone. Look for products that contain vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that can help to brighten the skin.
Maintain Your Glow
By following these simple tips, you can enjoy beautiful, healthy, and glowing summer skin all year long. So, get out there and enjoy the Florida sun! For more info on how to protect your skin, contact Dr. Suzanne Ben-Kane through Voyage MedSpa and Wellness.
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