It’s summertime, which means you finally have the opportunity to spend more time appreciating the great outdoors. But how does your skin react? Do you need to change up your skincare routine or think more about wearing sunscreen every day?
This summer skincare guide will discuss those changes and offer tips on how to keep your skin healthy this season.
How Weather Interacts with Your Body
Our Skin - We aren’t conscious of it, but our skin is constantly working to facilitate our sensory abilities, absorb necessary vitamins, serve as our first line of defense and regulate our temperature, amongst a world of other things. Without it, we would look somewhat like jellied lumps -partially evaporated. Weather interacts with our skin in various ways. The intensity of the Summer sun, however, can cause sun-damaged skin that produces not only sunburns but also wrinkles, fine lines, and more.
Tips for Summer Skincare and Men's Skin Health
Sweat & Heat Cause Dehydration
While it’s often nothing more than just an annoyance for some people, excessive sweating in hot temperatures is never something that should be ignored. Sweating and dehydration hold a strong link, one that could lead to serious illness.
When your body is dehydrated, it puts a halt on its ability to sweat. In this, it’s being deprived of the natural benefits sweating provides which includes temperature regulation. When the condition gets severe enough it can be life-threatening with heat stroke and more.
When it comes to men, being severely dehydrated can start with heavy sweating, cold clammy skin, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramping, a weak pulse and headache. These all can be signs of danger. Your body needs sufficient fluids to function at its best. This is precisely why you need to drink plenty of water throughout the day -especially if it’s hot outside.
By now, we’re sure that everyone knows just how essential water is for life and staying hydrated. However, now that summer is upon us, this incredible substance is more important than ever.
Sun Exposure Can Lead to Sunburns, Wrinkles, and Skin Cancer
We love the sun. It really does make us all feel good to be outdoors.
Unfortunately many still associate a glowing complexion with good health, but when it’s gained through sun exposure it is actually a sign that your body is responding to damage from UV rays. These rays can accelerate the effects of aging, lead to sunburns, wrinkles, and most importantly increase men’s skin cancer risks.
Exposure to the sun causes daunting effects on men’s skin health. Although many think the skin changes they are experiencing come with the natural part of aging, it actually has more to do with just how much sun exposure one has been exposed to.
As time passes, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light harms the fibers in the skin called elastin. When the fibers begin to break down, the skin starts to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. In addition to this, you’ll find that sun damage can also cause the skin to bruise or tear -ultimately taking longer to heal. In addition, UV also causes brown spots and uneven skin tone.
While sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you’re young, it will unquestionably show later in life.
More on skin cancer here.
Wear Sunscreen Daily with SPF 30
If there’s one thing that keeps dermatologists from getting a good night’s rest, it’s the constant and steadfast refusal of many men to wear sunscreen on a regular basis.
Despite the increased men’s skin cancer risks, especially when it comes to developing melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), many men are still unwilling to make sunscreen a part of their everyday routine. However when asked, men state the main reason they would wear sunscreen is to prevent skin cancer.
But why are so many men resistant to wearing sunscreen? Well, for some, it comes down to an image issue -in which they view sunscreen as annoyingly greasy, smelly and irritating to their eyes. For others, they just simply don’t think they need it or understand that when the tan or burn fades, the cancer causing damage remains and adds up over time.
Newsflash - they do . In reality, men’s skincare routines must include sunscreen as they are more likely to develop skin cancer from the sun’s UV rays.
The good news? It’s never too late to start implementing sun protection into your everyday routine, especially when using a product like GetMr. Our moisturizing face lotion boasts broad-spectrum weightless mineral SPF 30, and acts as a soothing aftershave. It’s called The Daily, and it uses a proprietary blend of antioxidants, niacinamide, and so much more to refresh and restore your skin.
Invest in a Cool Hat and Sunglasses
Hats really are the perfect complement to UV-filtering sunglasses, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen to shield both your face and eyes. But with so many hat options on the market, how do you find the coolest? One that actually protects your skin?
The basic guideline is that you should shop for hats with a brim of at least three inches to shade the shoulders, upper back, scalp, neck, and of course, the face. If possible, you should also try to seek tightly woven hats rather than loosely constructed ones that still provide room for UV rays. (UPF ratings of 50)
Hats really are great, but when paired with sunglasses, they’re even better. Besides the cool factor, sunglasses are able to protect you from both under eye wrinkles, skin cancer and more.
Avoid Suffocating Your Skin with Clothing
You may think that covering yourself in clothing will help you avoid sunburn from UV rays -and it will. However, the wrong attire will not provide adequate protection, not protect you, make you too hot, or sometimes lead you to break out.
When looking for techniques to avoid men’s skin damage, sun-protective clothing has to be on your list. After all, it’s the simplest way to stay safe, and you never need to reapply it!
Although clothing shields you from the sun, not all fabrics and colors provide equal protection. Lucky for you though, there’s plenty of options out there. When shopping for SPF clothing, remember to consider:
The color - Dark or bright colors keep UV rays from contacting your skin by consuming them rather than enabling them to penetrate.
The construction - Densely woven cloth, like denim, canvas, wool, or synthetic fibers, provides better protection than a sheer, thin, or loosely woven cloth.
The content - The combination of your material really matters. Unbleached cotton holds natural lignins that work as UV absorbers.
The UPF - Some clothing makers provide UPF labels, which indicate exactly how much of the sun’s rays the garment can shield; ensure you lookout for this.
Laundry additives such as Sunguard can turn regular clothing into sun protective clothing.
The fit - Loose-fitting clothing is favored. When you wear tight clothing, it can stretch and reduce the level of protection offered, as the fibers pull away from each other and allow more UV light to pass through. Tightly fitting clothing that is wet from sweat can also lead to skin infections.
As the summer months approach, you may be wondering how to keep your skin healthy. Here are a few things that happen and tips on staying protected outside this season.
You’ll also find that GetMr. The Daily for dealing with those pesky sunspots or early wrinkles! The next time you’re looking for skincare advice, don’t forget about our team of experts at GetMr.com, who can help answer any questions you might have about keeping your skin healthy during these hot days ahead- we know what it’s like being an aging man in today’s world!
We hope you enjoyed reading all of our helpful information and will reach out if there is anything else we can do.
And learn why you should actually wear sunscreen year round.