10 Best Summer Skin Tips
Keep your complexion glowing all summer long with Dr. Perricone's best summer skin tips.
- Wear topical non-chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens are more likely to cause allergic reactions or irritate the skin but the formulations are often lighter and easier to apply. Non-chemical sunscreens (physical sunscreens) are less likely to cause skin reactions.
- Cleanse thoroughly after wearing sunscreen on the face. If left on the skin it will clog pores resulting in breakouts.
- Enjoy anti-inflammatory foods. A diet rich in protein, fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and healthy fats like cold-water fish, extra virgin olive oil and nuts will repair your skin from the inside out -- helping to heal signs of aging like puffiness, roughness, and wrinkles.
- Drink green tea and/or take EGCG supplements. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a key component of green tea and it protects the skin from the sun's damaging rays. Topical application also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Avoid sugar and starches if you want to stay swimsuit slim and stave off wrinkles and accelerated aging.
- After cleansing, apply topical antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory properties like Concentrated Restorative Treatment to reduce UV generated free radicals that accelerate aging and cancer risk.
- Avoid sun bathing! You should be out in the sun for at least 15 minutes each day for a brisk walk or enjoying other activities, but don't bake in the sun. Melanocytes begin to burn out when you reach your late 30s and 40s, making it more difficult for your skin to fight sun damage, which can result in uneven pigmentation.
- Firing up the Grill? For a delicious grill experience, wild Alaskan sockeye salmon is my # 1 recommended fish. They have a deep red flesh and of all wild salmon, the highest concentration of omega-3 essential fatty acids and the biological antioxidant astaxanthin. Studies suggest that astaxanthin is ten times more effective as an antioxidant than other carotenoids and one hundred times more powerful than vitamin E. Astaxanthin also helps minimize the sun's damage, if used in combination with sunscreen and limited exposure to sunlight.
- Keep a bottle of pure spring water handy so that you can moisturize your skin and lips from the inside out - this is very important in the summer, because hot temperatures and sunny weather can dehydrate the skin. As we age, our cells ability to retain moisture diminishes, making it even more important to drink 8 - 10 glasses of water a day.
- Do not forget the sunglasses during the bright sunny days of summer. Choose glasses that block 100% of UV rays and offer glare-cutting polarized lens. Squinting causes deep wrinkles in the eye area, while the UV rays can lead to cataracts and other serious vision problems.