In the U.S., Independence Day is one of the most joyous celebrations of summer. With so many festivities surrounding the Fourth of July, you’ll want to look your best for whichever events you plan on attending. Here are some tips to help your skin glow like the fireworks that light up the sky this Independence Day.
In many regions across the country, the Fourth of July sees temperatures and daylight durations approach their seasonal peak. As such, the threat of sun damage is highest around this time of year. While small amounts of sunlight can be good for the body and skin, excessive exposure can lead to sunburn, rashes, and increase one’s risk of developing skin cancer. That said, many people enjoy basking under the sun’s ultraviolet rays to give their skin some seasonal color. But while tanned skin can give off a nice-looking glow, tanned skin is also sun damaged skin and should be avoided. If you want to enjoy your time in the summer sun, wear sunscreen (30+ SPF) and re-apply it about every two hours while outdoors, seek shade whenever possible, cover up with a wide-brim hat, sunglasses, and loose clothing, and try to avoid peak hours (i.e., between noon and 4 P.M.) when the sun’s rays are most powerful.
So, spending too much time under the sun is not a healthy way to obtain radiant skin for Independence Day. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to achieve smoother, supple, brighter skin without frying it. The first step in improving your skin’s health and appearance is to keep it hydrated. Staying hydrated is especially important during summer when high temperatures and sunlight can quickly suck moisture from your pores. Drinking plenty of water will keep your body and skin well-hydrated overall. For more skin-specific hydration, use moisturizers and other skincare products containing hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that helps your skin retain water and, therefore, make it smoother and more radiant.
While receiving a tan from UV radiation is harmful to your skin, you can still give your skin more color via other, safer means. Certain skincare products contain natural self-tanning ingredients, for instance, which give the skin a healthy glow without the risk of premature aging, burns, or skin cancer. You might also invest in products that reduce the size of your pores, helping you obtain smoother, more even-toned skin. Pore reduction can also help prevent acne and other skin problems.
Plenty of produce is in season during the summer, but if you need even more motivation to adopt more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet, know that many of them are rich in nutrients that promote skin health and beauty. Some of these key nutrients include antioxidants, vitamins C, D, E, and K, omega-3 fatty acids, and more. By eating select fruits and vegetables more frequently this season, you can enjoy the benefits of said nutrients, including anti-aging, inflammation reduction, hydration, tissue repair, increased collagen production, and more. All of this contributes to healthier, radiant skin.
Last but not least, seeking cosmetic treatments from dermatology experts can be a safe and effective way to give your skin that perfect glow for the Fourth of July and beyond. Different skin types might be more or less suited to different procedures, which is why it’s crucial to discuss these options with your dermatologist. There are, for instance, a variety of chemical peel options, differing in composition and strength. It’s often recommended that those with more sensitive skin go with a gentler, surface-level peel as opposed to a more potent one that penetrates deeper into the skin. Likewise, laser resurfacing treatments, microdermabrasion, and other cosmetic treatments can improve the skin’s appearance when properly administered and selected for one’s specific skin type. These various treatments are designed to remove old dead layers of skin and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to rejuvenate the skin.
Few holidays are as gleaming as Independence Day. Celebrate this occasion with skin that shines just as bright with the help of Premier Dermatology Partners. To learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.