Texas Living

Four Tips For Healthy Summer Skin

By Laura Byrom 5.23.14

For Texans, the arrival of summer means triple-digit temperatures and an abundance of outdoor activities. Don’t let a pesky sunburn keep you from enjoying fun in the sun this summer. Whether you’re headed to the lake, playing sports, or lounging at the park, taking measures to have healthy summer skin is an absolute must.

Stay indoors during peak sun hours.

It may seem obvious, but your best defense against the sun’s harmful rays is limiting your exposure to them and applying and reapplying sunscreen. Studies by the Center for Disease Control show that the sun’s rays are most harmful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so be cautious when venturing outside during those hours.

Stay hydrated, inside and out.

Hydration is absolutely essential for maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin. Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water and eating water-rich foods, such as leafy greens and watermelons. Supplement your fluid intake by applying a daily moisturizer that contains an SPF of 15 or higher.

Cover up.

In addition to using sunscreen, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sun-protective clothing. Garments with a UPF rating are designed to provide more UV protection than regular clothes. They can be found at most sporting-goods stores and, surprisingly, are reasonably priced.

Load up on antioxidants.

Foods that are rich in antioxidants can help protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging, so be sure to fill up on the following fruits and veggies:

  • Raspberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Corn
  • Cherries
  • Bell peppers