Prepping Your Skin For Sunny Days By The Pool

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Prepping Your Skin For Sunny Days By The Pool

With spring finally catching up to us, it is well past time to start preparing our skin to contend with our more sun-focused lifestyles. We all swear we’ll do our best to minimize our exposure to the sun, but we also all know that tends to fall by the wayside as soon as it looks like we can get some time poolside. There’s just something supernaturally attractive about sunny days by the pool that makes it hard to compare to anything else. Preparing our skin to handle is the least we can do in light of the fact we know we’re going to spend some days out there. The question is typically how we prepare our skin though. There are plenty of ways we can move to support our skin and ensure that we don’t pay too much for those sunny days by the pool. Just don’t forget that your skin would be better off if your pool was inside or otherwise shielded from the sun.

Sunscreen
The basis of any way of preparing your skin for the sun is protecting your skin from the sun. You’re going to want to look for a waterproof sunscreen if you’re going to be spending much time by the pool. Whether or not you’re getting in the water, there’s always a chance of someone deciding it would be funny to make sure you enjoy the water as well. A good waterproof sunscreen can last a little over an hour when fully submerged before needing to be reapplied again later. Sunscreen that doesn’t worry about getting submerged tends to need to be applied every two hours. You should use these two markers to help you figure out how often to reapply sunscreen while you’re by the pool. However, you should hold with all of the other general sunscreen rules even as you remember this. That means making sure the product gives you protection equivalent to broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 or higher. That will help protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

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Moisturize
You’re going to want to focus on ensuring you adequately moisturize your skin when you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun. Remember that your skin has other protections beyond the sunscreen that you’re hopefully applying before going to rest by the pool. The natural oils your skin releases are actually part of its defenses against the effects of sun exposure. All those oils are meant to help keep your skin as moisturized as they can to prevent it from drying out. That’s why your skin starts to produce even more oil when it begins to dry out. Remaining exposed to the sun for a long period of time will eventually outpace your skin’s ability to keep up with how your skin is being dried out. That’s why we strongly recommend remembering the moisturize regularly throughout spring and summer to help minimize any problems. Keeping your skin hydrated will help minimize the chances of dry skin leading to more easily damaged skin during spring and summer.

Nourish
This last step is particularly important. You want to make sure that you’re favoring plenty of products that are able to nourish your skin. You’re looking for products that include topical versions of vitamins A, C, and E. These nourishing vitamins are commonly found in anti-aging products. They’re important because each of the vitamins plays a clear role in supporting your skin’s natural abilities to repair itself. They either supply the materials necessary to create the compounds your skin creates collagen and elastin, two important structural proteins, out of or they provide part of the means to create the process that does. They collectively support your skin’s ability to repair any of the damage it takes in the process of living. That includes anything that happens to your skin from spending a bit too much time out in the open sun by the pool. As a result, nourishing your skin is an excellent approach when paired with the other ones that we’ve suggested.

The various tips we’ve offered on how to prepare your skin are all pieces of your own larger skincare puzzle. What works for one of us won’t necessary work as well for another. We all have to take the general tips we receive and customize them to our skin type. These tips each build on one another and are highly general to make them easily modified by anyone for that very purpose. Don’t forget to keep these ideas in mind the next time you find yourself looking towards the pool fondly.

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