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How to Get Summer Ready Skin

By: Gwen Y. Reyes-Amurao, MDHow to Get Summer Ready Skin

As the season transitions to a warmer weather, people are likely to have these three things in mind: beach, adventure, and nature. But before you head out, make sure you’re all prepped up and ready to flaunt that awesome skin of yours.

Here are some quick tips on how to get that glowing skin just in time for summer.

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

We can’t emphasize enough the importance of loading up on water to help keep your skin looking bright and radiant. Make sure you drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water daily if you want to achieve that soft and refreshed look you want for your skin.

Load up on antioxidants

Prevent signs of aging by getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals through your fruits and vegetables. Studies show that inflammation is the leading cause of wrinkle formation as well as dry and flaky skin. To achieve that healthy, pinkish glow, you should increase your intake of food that is high in antioxidants such as berries, nuts, grapes, tomatoes, and dark chocolates. It is also important to consume seafood that contains omega fatty acids. These will improve your skin and boost the immune system altogether. 

Moreover, antioxidants are also known to fight off free radicals that can cause major damage to cell structures especially our skin. So how do you know you’re getting enough antioxidants daily? Make your plate as colorful as possible. Fill it up with food rich in vitamin A or carotenoids, specifically those with bright green, violet, red, and orange hues. Also, make sure to consume them throughout the day. Carotenoids are known to protect skin from sun damage and prevent it from losing elasticity.

Aside from vitamin A, vitamin C also plays an important role in skin health. In a study conducted by the Oregon State University and Duke University School of Medicine, they realized the importance of vitamin C in collagen synthesis and prevention of photo damage. Although it does not act as a sunscreen, it still protects against UV-induced damage caused by free radicals that directly affect the skin. It also helps increase cell survival following UV exposure as reported in a study released by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

When it comes to photo damage, vitamin C plays an important role in collagen synthesis and repair of the epidermal layer of the skin. When taken alone for long periods of time, it can help produce eight to 10 times more collagen than a person’s regular diet.

According to the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a diet high in vitamin C is also associated with better skin appearance and decreased skin wrinkling, while topical application seems to reduce skin roughness, decrease wrinkling, and increase production of collagen, making the skin look younger and healthier. Vitamin C also plays a major role in wound healing. Overall, vitamin C alone has tremendous health benefits on one’s skin, but studies show that it functions even better when taken with vitamin E and zinc.

Don’t ignore your micronutrients

To achieve that pinkish glow that comes from within, having an adequate amount of iron in your diet helps improve proper oxygen delivery to all the important organs in the body, even the skin. This gives you that pinkish glow even without makeup. When it comes to cell regeneration and effective cell production, zinc is found to improve such functions as well.

Cleanse your body

For the past few years, cleansing has been a major wellness practice for a lot of individuals who want to stay fit and healthy. Whether it’s going on a fruit and vegetable diet, following a specific cleansing regimen, or visiting an establishment for complete body detoxification, any form of cleansing will do wonders to your body and skin. Once you’ve cleansed, it’s also important to keep your diet clean afterwards. Although organic food is more costly, the health benefits that come with it will far outweigh the cost even until later on.

Get enough sunlight

Remember that your skin also needs its daily dose of vitamin D, but having too much sun can leave your skin dry and dull-looking. Make sure you get just enough and slather on that sunscreen to keep your skin protected from the harmful rays.

Exercise

Exercising does not only increase your good hormones or endorphins, it also helps improve blood circulation that leads to effective oxygen delivery throughout your body, especially your skin. If you notice, people who exercise have much better skin appearance than those who do not. During exercise, your pores dilate or open expelling trapped dirt and oil. It also increases blood circulation even on facial skin, helping deliver important nutrients and repairing damaged skin faster.

Catch up on some zzzz’s

The body is able to repair itself during sleep. When you allow your body to rest, it has more time to fix, replenish, and rejuvenate whatever moisture it has lost or damage it has incurred throughout the day. Because sleeping for eight hours or more is now a luxury, getting at least six hours of sleep will give the body ample time to recover.

Taking these into account, Dr. Mabelle Colayco, a diplomate of the Philippine Pediatric Society and member of International Society of Dermatology, said that it is still best to consult a dermatologist for thorough evaluation of your skin. Different skin types call for different skin regimens, though they often consist of an exfoliant, a toner, anti-acne products (if needed), anti-aging and skin-lightening products, moisturizer, and sunscreen.  The specialist will be the best person to prescribe an appropriate skin care routine for you so make sure you consult with one prior to applying products on your skin.

Before summer officially begins, Dr. Colayco says to start your dermatological procedures as early as possible and don’t wait until the summer months officially begin. Facials, diamond peel, chemical peel, and laser treatments can help exfoliate the skin and get rid of black heads and white heads. Acne treatments may also help in case of breakouts. She further adds that these procedures do not work overnight. It would often take several sessions of specific treatments to achieve the skin that you want. And because certain procedures have different time intervals and should be followed meticulously, planning ahead and starting early are important factors that can help you achieve that perfect skin before summer arrives.

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