Summer is a time of fun in the sun, popsicles, pools, and tan lines. That is if you live almost anywhere other than Scottsdale, Arizona! Here in Arizona we are experiencing record heat waves with temperatures reaching 120 degrees. Most people in Arizona are hiding inside air conditioned spaces. (Read my article on summer seasonal facial plastic surgery in Arizona). Hello summer! So, if you are like most Scottsdale residents, you are packing up and heading to the beach or the mountains. Whether you are staying in town or getting out of Dodge, here are a few Summer Survival Kit reminders from your Facial Plastic Surgeon.
Summer Survival Kit Priority 1: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is so important for the your health, but also a key factor in the appearance of your skin. This survival kit item is priority one. Sunscreen in the morning ladies as part of your make up routine, please. Use a product with a minimum of 25 SPF. And gentlemen, you should apply sunscreen each morning as well.
If you are planning on spending time outside, playing sports, or in the water, reapply regularly. Remember to apply every where, especially those forgotten spots like your ears and guys, don’t forget the tops of your heads.
Stock up on a variety of sunscreen products. Water and sports sunscreens with higher SPF’s are key for those beach and pool times, tennis and golf. They are designed to last longer and resist washing off with water and perspiration. Keep lip balm with sunscreen in your sports bags and purses. Pack extra sunscreen in your beach and sports bags, so it is always on hand. Train your kids early to get in the sunscreen habit.
Even if you are in the city working through the hot summer days, keep sunscreen application a part of your daily routine. The left side of your face and arms are exposed to significant sun while driving. That exposure adds up.
Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, along with UV protective long sleeve clothing will make a difference in how your skin looks now and as you age.
Summer Survival Kit Item #2 – Protective Gear
When we suggest protective gear, we aren’t referring to knee pads and hard hats. Wearing hats, sunglasses and light long sleeve shirts helps protect your skin.
Check out some of the sportswear that is made with UV protection and is light to wear, vented, and very attractive. Tennis players, golfers, and equestrians who spend most of their day in the sun have learned this clothing is crucial to protecting their health and skin.
Hats and visors are a must to include in your summer survival kit. This will do a lot to protect your face, keep you from squinting, and shields your eyes from the summer sun glare.
Summer Survival Kit Item #3 – Water!
Hydrate! We should all drink water throughout the day. The daily recommended water intake for a woman is 2.7 liters and 3.7 liters for men. If you are an athlete participating in vigorous exercise, you are probably losing 1.5 to 2.0 liters of water through sweating. So, as you calculate your water intake, include replenishing what you have sweated out in exercise or high heat conditions.
Not only is water important for our body’s health, but it is an important factor in keeping our skin fresh, hydrated, and looking its best.
Summer Survival Tip #4 – Head to the Spa for Skincare
Summer is a great time to visit your local skin care aesthetician for facials, laser hair removal, and other treatments to look and feel your best.
Your everyday cleansers and scrubs can only do so much to combat the sweat, dirt, and air pollution that are determined to stick in your pores. So, what can you do detoxify, rejuvenate, and protect your skin? Consider trying a HydraFacial.
HydraFacials are the newest game changer in the world of skin health. This treatment is designed to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, hydrate, and protect your skin all in just one session! It is non-invasive and has zero downtime. Results can be seen immediately after your treatment, leaving you looking radiant and refined. This and other skincare treatments will not only improve the look of your skin, but with frequent treatments, it will help your skin health!
Summer Survival Tip #5 – Relax!
Summer is the time for relaxation. It is important for our mental health. Summer Survival Kit reminder: it is okay to put down the cell phone, to spend time relaxing and hanging out with the people you enjoy, or read a good book. Down time is important for our minds to relax and recover, but it can also improve our appearance. Get the sleep and rest you need to look your best.
Your Summer Survival Kit includes a reminder to enjoy the abundant fresh, local fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, wear your sunscreen, and relax. It will make a difference in your looks and you will feel terrific!