How to Best Prep Your Skin for Summer

summer skincare prep

With the heart of summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your skin ready for the heat! At Arlington Dermatology, we’re here to help you make the most of the sunny days ahead with these essential summer skincare tips. Prepare your skin for the sun and fun while maintaining a healthy glow, no matter the heatwave.

Understanding UV Rays

Before diving into summer skincare tips, it’s essential to understand the different types of UV rays and their effects on the skin. Two main types of UV radiation reach the Earth’s surface:

UVA Rays

  • A longer wavelength that penetrates the skin more deeply
  • Primarily responsible for premature aging, wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots
  • Contributes to the development of skin cancer
  • Present throughout the year and can penetrate through clouds and glass windows

UVB Rays

  • A shorter wavelength that primarily affects the outer layer of the skin
  • The main cause of sunburn and plays a key role in the development of skin cancer
  • More intense during the summer months and at higher altitudes
  • Do not penetrate glass, so exposure mainly occurs when outdoors

Understanding the distinction between UVA and UVB rays can help you choose the right sun protection measures and skincare products to shield your skin from sun damage effectively. When selecting sunscreen, opt for broad-spectrum formulations that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. 

Tips to Prep Your Skin for Summer

Prepping your skin for summer shouldn’t be a hassle. With these simple steps, you can make sure your skin stays happy and healthy throughout the hottest time of the year:

Hydrate Your Skin

Our first tip for summer skincare is to hydrate. Hydrating your skin helps increase elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and give you a more glowing complexion. Staying well-hydrated is important for your skin and your entire body.

Use Skin Cleanser

The second tip is to keep the skin clean. With increased sweating during the summer, using a good skin cleanser ensures pores aren’t clogged, reducing the chance of breakouts.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating your skin is another key step in prepping your skin for summer. By removing dead skin cells, exfoliation helps keep your skin looking fresh and vibrant while improving the effectiveness of your skincare products.

Moisturise and Use Sunscreen

The final tip is to moisturize and protect. Even if your skin doesn’t feel dry, it needs to be moisturized. And no summer skincare routine would be complete without sunscreen. Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is a must, even on cloudy days.

Prep with a Bela MD Facial

Want to give your skin an extra boost? Consider getting a Bela MD Facial at Arlington Dermatology. This unique facial combines deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration with antioxidant protection, leaving your skin glowing and ready for the summer sun.

The Bela MD Facial is a comprehensive skincare treatment designed to rejuvenate the skin using a combination of advanced techniques and medical-grade products. It incorporates modalities such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or microneedling to target specific skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven texture. 

Schedule a Consultation

Are you ready to beat the summer heat and still maintain beautiful skin? Whether you need a comprehensive skin exam or want to try one of our skincare products, the expert dermatologists at Arlington Dermatology are here to help. Schedule a consultation with us today and discover how we can help nurture your skin in the best way possible.

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