Sunlight can be good for us, but too much sun causes skin damage and wrinkling. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight causes changes to the skin, in addition to fine lines and wrinkles. UV damage causes brown spots and pigment.

Dr. Eman Kotb, a Specialist Dermatologist at Medicare Hospitals and Medical Centers, gave some points on keeping clear skin despite the hot weather in the Middle East. 

Increased temperatures during the summer months, combined with humidity, make oily and dry skin appear worse. 

Here’s how to keep a clear skin in the summer and not be damaged by the sun and how to protect our skin:

  1. Sunscreen is an essential part of a complete sun protection strategy; apply broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go out; if you swim, sweat, or are outdoors for a long time, reapply every two hours. You should use a water-resistant type, and don’t forget to protect your lips. 
  2. Seek shade, especially during midday hours. This includes 10 am to 4 pm. Umbrellas, trees, or other shelters can provide relief from the sun. Wear a sun protection hat with a wide brim and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
  3. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps: Both can cause severe long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.

Treatments for the skin in the summer and daily routine protect our skin.

This includes:

1- Regular use of cleanser:

clearing your skin by thoroughly removing dirt, oil, and pollution particles that can clog pores and cause dullness and choosing the products suitable for your skin.

2- Apply sunscreen:

 Make sure to apply broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection) sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go out.

3. Keep Your Skin Hydrated:

 Moisturizers re-establish the outer layer of the skin, which protects from harmful pollutants and chemicals and prevents future irritation and dryness; better to use light moisturizer for oily skin.

4. Apply an excellent antioxidant serum during the summer:

Vitamin A, C, and E are potent antioxidants for skin care and rejuvenation; local creams contain these antioxidants to increase collagen synthesis and glow your skin.

5. Exfoliation:

Exfoliation is the key to brighter and smoother skin. It removed dulling skin and dead cells; be gentle while exfoliating your skin. Do not over-exfoliate your skin. People with sensitive skin should use mild exfoliates.

6. Less makeup:

Wearing less makeup lets the skin breathe; lighter makeup with SPF is more appropriate for summer months.

7. Eat a balanced diet filled with nutritious fruits and vegetables.

8. Drink Plenty of Water