5 Ways to Take Care of Your Skin This Summer

Everyone dreams of having a glowing complexion — especially during the summer when heavy foundation becomes a hassle to wear due to rising temperatures. 

From our specialist,  Dr. Gail Zimmerman, here are five ways you can keep your skin looking great without having to hide behind thick layers of makeup. 

1. Make your antioxidants work at a cellular level 

You’ve probably heard that antioxidants from fruits and vegetables combat oxidative stress. However, when ingested, these antioxidants get broken down by your digestive system, rendering them useless.

Glutathione, on the other hand, is the primary antioxidant produced by the human body. It’s found in every cell in varying quantities, and it’s capable of fighting oxidative stress at a cellular level. 

You can increase your glutathione levels by giving your body the building blocks necessary to produce this endogenous antioxidant. Its precursors come from protein- and sulfur-rich foods, such as eggs, beef, poultry, seafood, and cruciferous vegetables.

2. Improve your skin’s ability to tolerate sunlight 

Sun exposure is often associated with photoaging, but the sun also has tremendous benefits on longevity. 

Researchers have found that sun avoidance is linked to a higher risk of dying younger. Smokers with the highest sun exposure have a similar life expectancy as non-smokers with the lowest sun exposure. 

When it comes to sun exposure, how do we balance its benefits with its risks? 

The key could be omega-3 fatty acids. Studies indicate that omega-3 supplementation improves skin’s tolerance to sunlight.

3. Stay hydrated 

Drinking plenty of water can keep your skin plump and glowing without the use of expensive moisturizers. 

Coffee or alcohol are diuretics, as they flush water out of the body. Therefore, if you consume these beverages regularly, you may need to increase your water intake.

4. Quit cigarettes 

Smoking interferes with blood flow all over your body, including your skin. The blood in your veins carries oxygen and nutrients necessary for tissue repair. When your blood flow is reduced, your skin becomes more prone to photoaging and developing pigmentation.

5. Don’t disrupt your skin barrier

The barrier on your skin is composed of cholesterol, ceramides, and fatty acids. If this barrier is compromised, your skin may lose moisture, causing it to appear dull and dry. Also, it may allow more pollutants and irritants to penetrate the deep layers of your skin.

Common skin barrier disruptors are pollutants and harsh chemicals found in skincare products. Consider switching to gentler soaps made from only natural ingredients such as olive oil, lye, and water if you experience skin sensitivities,

Get a better understanding of how your skin works 

Do you have skin imperfections that are nagging you? Dr. Zimmerman can help you understand what’s causing your cosmetic concerns and help you address them. Contact us to schedule an appointment and get expert advice with regards to your skincare routine.

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