Summer is upon us and that means being outdoors more often with impromptu trips to the zoo, park, pool or beach. These types of trips are fun but can wreak havoc on your skin if you aren’t prepared. Use these steps and create your own summer skin survival kit to make sure you are prepared.
What you should include:** Sunscreen** - Sunscreen is a must. Make sure you choose a sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF and the label states “broad spectrum." This will protect you against both UVA and UVB rays.
Hand sanitizer - If you are in an area where soap and hot water are available, use that to wash your hands. However, hand sanitizer is good when in a pinch. And, if you are hiking or sitting on the beach, you can keep your hands germ-free.
Wipes - Wet wipes can serve a variety of purposes, including cleaning your hands, freshening up, and removing sweat from your face. Some people keep a take-along package of baby wipes, but there are plenty of varieties of wet wipes to include in your kit.
Lip balm - When applying your sunscreen, don’t forget your lips, which are often left unprotected from the sun. Make sure the lip balm you choose also contains sunscreen.
Bottle of water - Staying hydrated helps your skin stay moist. Be sure to include a bottle of water so you don’t get dehydrated from being out in the heat.
Aloe gel - Even after knowing you should avoid the sun and taking steps to prevent a sunburn, you might notice your skin getting pink. If that happens, seek shade or go indoors. Be sure to apply aloe vera gel to help your skin heal.
Moisturizer - Protecting your skin from the sun sadly doesn’t protect it from getting dried out from the heat. Keep a bottle of your favorite moisturizer (non-scented if spending time outdoors) in your bag, and apply several times a day.
Makeup - If you need to, keep some “refresher makeup” with you. Or, better yet, opt for tinted moisturizer. Those in liquid form will give you some color but keep your face moisturized, while powder that you can dust on your face will keep the shine down. Heavier liquid makeup might slowly melt off your face when out in the heat.
Oil absorbing sheets - If you have oily skin, use oil absorbing sheets to blot your face and mop up some of the excess oil.
Spray bottle filled with water - When you are feeling overheated, spritz water on your skin to help keep it hydrated.
Antibiotic cream and insect repellant - It is a good idea to keep your kit in a drawstring bag and hang it on your front door (or whatever door you usually use to leave your house) so you can quickly grab it on the way out. While it might be tempting to keep it in your car, the hot summer heat (you know how hot the interior of your car can get) can melt or destroy the integrity of some of the skin care products.
Don’t forget the wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, although these items can be kept in your car so you have them with you no matter where you end up.
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Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.