Skin Care April 3, 2015

Skin Care for a Day Outdoors

Spending time outdoors during the spring and summer months is one of the favorite pastimes this time of year. Giving yourself the day off, relaxing in a lounge chair or taking a leisurely walk with Fido through the park is something many women look forward to. While this is a very enjoyable activity, it is also cause for prepping your skin to be able to handle the implications from the elements. Lionesse helps prepare your skin for a day outdoors in this helpful article.

Woman applying sunscreen to protect her skin from the sun.

Preparing for Sun Exposure
Not only do you need to worry about applying a good and potent sunscreen – which, you do – we recommend 30 SPF or higher – you also need to prepare your overall skin to fight the sun’s harmful rays by what you wear. Covering up your skin with a breathable material and wearing clothing that cover a majority of the skin is essential to protecting yourself. Hats, long sleeved shirts, and pants are a safe bet. Clothing from brands such as Under Armour are fantastic at wicking sweat away from the body while offering a comfortable, cozy fit and experience – making them great for ear year round. You can also have a nice, cold glass of green tea – which contains catechins – to fight harmful UV rays from the sun and enhance your beauty.

Woman applies mosquito repellent to save herself from mosquito bites.

Dealing with Bug Bites
Bugs are an inevitable nuisance you will have to deal with when spending time outdoors. After all, you are in their territory. To ward off bug bites in the first place, wearing long sleeved shirts and pants, and also using a good bug spray before exposure to the outdoors will help prevent the bites. If you do come in contact with any insects, and you happen to get some itchy, annoying bites, use cortisone creams, aloe gel, and calamine lotion to alleviate the itch and provide you with relief.

Woman with a severe sunburn.

How to Deal with Accidental Sunburn
Sometimes, we forget to re-apply our subblock, or miss a spot in which case an accidental sunburn occurs. If this happens to you, some of the best things you can do are:

  • Wear loose clothing that won’t stick to the skin
  • Take cool showers and wash with a non-scented product
  • Use aloe gel on the burned area to provide relief
  • Cool compresses can help to alleviate the pain and itch
  • Don’t pick the peeling burn to avoid severe scarring
  • Avoid chlorine pools, which can cause irritation and burning

Woman wearing white headband cleansing her skin with a foamy cleanser.

Cleanse Away Impurities
After spending a long, relaxing day outdoors, chances are your skin will have accumulated plenty of allergens, dirt, and pollution – and who wants to deal with that, right? Give yourself a good double cleansing to rid your skin of all of the waste sitting on the surface with the first wash, and then deep clean your pores and rid your body of dead skin with the second wash. Remember to apply moisturizer after cleansing.

Lionesse knows it can be easy to overlook some of these things when spending time outdoors, so we wanted to make this easy to remember list to help you be as safe as possible when spending time outside this spring. Enjoy the warmer months, and get outside and have fun!

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