I don’t know about you, but summer can really be a big detriment to my skin. Accidental sunburns, razor burn, bug bites, greasy sunblocks – you name it, it can make a huge mess. Dr. David Colbert, a practicing New York City dermatologist and author, shares some of his favorite picks for getting your summer-damaged skin back into shape. Dry, Cracked Feet: A big problem for me, since I’ve been running around in flippy floppies all summer. Who doesn’t want a pretty pedicure for the summer season? Sometimes dry, cracked feet are just too hard to avoid. This is very common. Dr. Colbert suggests over the counter AmLactin Foot Cream Therapy to soften the feet. Also Aquaphor Healing Ointment at night with a pair of throw away cotton socks. Do this a few times a week.
Acne: We all know the problems sweat can cause with acne. Even those of us who are usually blemish-free can find a whopper in the summer due to all the heat and humidity. If you do get a blemish or two, Dr. Colbert recommends the Zeno Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device for a quick fix.
Razor Burn: For every bikini bod there is the problem of razor burn. Laser hair removal is of course an option, but if that’s not in the budget and you end up with razor bumps here’s a quick fix: Dr. Colbert suggests applying a thin layer of Colbert MD Heal and Soothe Night Cream along with a 1% hydrocortisone cream. Also BEFORE you shave prepare by using a shave gel and always a fresh razor or blade.
Sun Damage: Dr. Colbert’s cardinal rules for safe sun are always apply at least an SPF15 for regular daywear and SPF30 for any extended outdoor wear. ALWAYS REAPPLY. Every 3-4 hours, especially if you are being active. For sunsports, always use a SPF45 or a SPF60. Pick a waterproof block that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Apply in front of a mirror BEFORE you leave the house to make certain you have covered all areas.
Sunspots: Avoiding unprotected sun exposure is the best way to minimize sunspots. To help treat spots you already have, you can try Ahava Lightening Hand Cream SPF 12.
Hair Protection: You might not be able to feel it, but hair hurts too from the sun! The sun is incredibly drying for hair, not to mention it will fade color and deplete shine. Always use a UV shield like Oscar Blandi Capri Sun Shield Spray.
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