Summer Care for Skin and Hair
July 20, 2011
For most of us, summer is the season when we finally take some time off to relax and renew, with visits to
the pool or vacations to the beach, with country picnics or backyard barbecues. But for all that time spent
outdoors—as rejuvenating as it can be—it is important to remember what so much exposure to the elements
can do for the health of our skin and hair.
Exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage exposed skin, resulting in minor burns or—over an extended period of
time—wrinkles, age spots, and blotchiness. And swimming in a chlorinated pool or in salt water at the beach
can dry and damage hair, particularly if it is color-treated.
So before you head for the great outdoors—or the patio—here are a few simple tips to help you keep your skin
and hair healthy and nourished all summer long.
Tips for Summer Skin Care:
- Know your SPF. According to the American Dermatological Association, an SPF of 15 is sufficient to block
93% of sun-burning rays, while a 30 SPF blocks 97%.* Always make sure your sunscreen has at least one or the other. And if you’re planning on spending significant time outdoors, you should use an SPF of 30 or higher and re-apply at least every 2 hours.
- Wear a lip balm that features SPF protection.
- Always keep your skin hydrated, preferably with a moisturizer that is either oil-free or controls oil levels, so as
not to clog your pores.
- Hydrate your body by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water.
Tips for Summer Hair Care
- Select a gentle, nourishing shampoo and conditioner that infuses moisture into strands and scalp.
Chlorine and saltwater strip hair of moisture and nutrients.
- Use products that provide some level of UV protection, such as Desert Essence Organics Italian Red Grape
Shampoo which provides high levels of antioxidants that act as UV filters.
- Massage lukewarm jojoba oil into your hair and scalp until fully absorbed for a natural conditioning boost
and then follow with a gentle shampoo, such as Desert Essence Jojoba Shampoo.
*Source: Dr. Dulce Zamora, WebMD