Ahh, summer. Sun, surf, picnics, parks, lazy days by the pool ... and sweat, sunburn, clogged pores and oil-slick skin. Between the sun, heat, humidity, chlorine, sand and salt (not to mention all the poison ivy and mosquitos), your skin can really take a beating in the summer months. Someone needs to protect it, and -- surprise, surprise -- that someone is you.
The sun is by far the biggest threat to your skin -- all year round, of course, but especially in the summer. Skin cancer is the most common form of the disease, and sun damage causes a large majority of those cases. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, one in five Americans will get some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. So protecting your skin from the sun is one thing you cannot do halfway.
Unfortunately, all that sunscreen you're slathering on your face -- and all that sweating you're probably doing -- can make your skin behave pretty badly in the summertime. But if you make just a few strategic seasonal changes to your skin-care regimen and makeup collection, you'll see a big improvement.
That said, we realize there are going to be times that you're not quite on your game -- when you fail to put your sunglasses and hat into your beach bag or forget to reapply sunscreen during a long day at the pool. So, here are five ways to protect your skin from the dangers of summer -- and how to make things feel better when there are some holes in that protection.