Well, it’s that time of the year again when the sun is out in full force. It’s also a time when young kids are out and exposed to the sun for longer periods of the day. While people should practice good skin care throughout the year, the summer is often a time when we think more about skin care because of the sun and exposure to ultraviolet rays. A recent study from last year revealed that Latinos aren’t as engaged in sun-safe behaviors as they could be although with time and acculturation, they tend to use more sun screen. I do want to note that in my experience, I have found that Latinos who work outside are pretty good about wearing hats, covering up with protective clothing, etc. But the reality is that with ozone depletion, there are increased risks to people in terms of the negative effects on their skin.
So here are some tips that I recommend for sun safety and healthy skin care:
1. Cleanse in the morning and in the evening. I like Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Facial Cleanser either in the morning or in the evening. I tend to rotate cleansers, but this is a good one that I usually use.
2. In the morning, use moisturizer and eye cream if needed, and then slather on a sunblock with physical barriers (zinc or titanium dioxide). Reapply sunscreen as needed. Most folks don’t use enough. If going outside for an extended period of time, wear sunglasses and a hat and cover up or carry a parasol. You might think that these precautions are overkill, but your skin will thank you.
3. Before cleaning, I like to remove makeup with a bit of jojoba oil on a cotton pad. This step will get all the eye makeup off. In the evening after cleansing, apply treatments. These can be retinols, anti-acne medication, a thicker eye cream. Wait for treatments to sink in (give it a good 20 minutes), and then moisturize any dry areas as needed.
4. Once every week or so, use a mask to deep clean before showering. If you apply the mask in the morning, you can skip the cleanser. Right now I have Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask in my rotation.