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Skin Care, Travel, and Summer food!
Prep Your Skin for Summer
By Ayren Jackson-Cannady
Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD – WebMD Feature
“What’s old is new again” doesn’t apply when it comes to seasonal skin care. “Products that kept skin feeling moist and comfortable during winter may leave it oily or sweaty once the heat and humidity really hit,” says dermatologist Jessica Krant, MD, of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York.
To switch out your beauty loot for summer the right way, look at the ingredients on the labels.
Ingredients like glycerol and urea in moisturizers collect water from the air and keep it against your skin, making them perfect for winter when the air is dry and you need the extra hydration. But do you really need that in summer? It might just make you sweatier.
- “For summer, I suggest changing both your cleanser and moisturizer,” says dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD, author of Heal Your Skin.
- A good rule of thumb is to use products that have lightweight ingredients that will hydrate and give a breathable barrier to the skin. Look for ingredients like silicones, squalane, and glycerin.
Beat BreakoutsNews flash: Some of the extra moisture on your face is not sweat. Oil glands on your skin’s surface are more active when it’s hot. That means more oil, and more potential for breakouts.
In one study, nearly 60% of people with acne said their acne was worse in summer, vs. about 11% percent who say their acne worsens in the winter.
- “Switch to lighter products that are water-based, look for makeup products that do double duty like BB creams that contain a moisturizer, foundation and SPF in one, and use an oil-absorbing clay mask once a week.”
- Some of the best products to reduce oil are zinc and titanium-based sunscreens, Gold adds. Look for SPFs that are labeled as “matte finish” and are oil-free.
You should also stay out of direct sun. “Easier said than done, I know, but sun makes the skin red and irritated,” Shamban says. “And, of course, always use adequate sun protection (and even on a workday this means reapplying at lunchtime), remembering that UV rays can penetrate car windshields, office windows, and overcast days, too.”
Experts recommend exfoliating two to three times a week during the summer with a scrub or a mechanical tool with skin-safe bristles, or using an exfoliating treatment at night. Be gentle, though.
- Try one that contains glycolic acid, a natural ingredient derived from sugar that safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface of skin.
- “Keep exfoliation light and regular in the summertime and always use a sunscreen to protect the new skin,” Gold says. “And remember to never exfoliate sunburned or wind-chapped skin.”
Some dermatologists advocate monthly spa facials, especially deep cleansing and microdermabrasion facials, to help achieve great summer skin. “They’re really the best way to get your pores clean in a way you can’t do on your own; they can really remove stubborn dead skin cells that clog the pores,” Shamban says.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Healthy Travel Food
How to eat well when you’re on the go
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD – WebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert ColumnReviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LDWhether
If you’re planning a trip by plane, train, or automobile, you’ll most likely face the challenge of feeding yourself during what can be a very long day.
- If you need to get to the airport two hours before takeoff and are flying internationally or cross-country, you could be looking at a 12-hour travel day. And increasingly, air travelers must fend for themselves, as many airlines are cutting back on the traditional in-flight meals or offering “buy on board” meals instead.
- Travelers basically have two food options: BYOG (bring your own grub), or buy meals or snacks on the way — on board, at the airport or station, or on the road. If you prefer to buy en route, you’ll be happy to hear that many of the busiest U.S. airports have more restaurants offering healthy entrees than before, according to a report from the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
Good Choices to Buy En Route
- If you’re flying and looking for healthy food, the first thing to do is know your airport. Go to the airport’s web site and click on “restaurants” (or similar link), if available. Look for familiar chains, if you prefer. You may even find nutrition information for different menu items on the chain restaurants’ own web sites (such as Subway, Baja Fresh, Jamba Juice, etc.).
Here are some of the better choices you can find in quick-serve establishments and airport restaurants across the country:
- Grilled chicken sandwich (without mayo or creamy condiments)
- Lean meat burritos with beans
- Bean burritos
- Lower-fat sandwiches (without mayo)
- A slice of cheese or veggie pizza
- Smoothies made with reduced-fat dairy and lots of fruit (add a fiber boost if you can)
- Cheese quesadillas
- Pasta with red sauce (meatless or with lean meat)
- Green salads with raw veggies and/or grilled lean meat or seafood, drizzled with light or reduced-fat salad dressing. Save leftover packets of reduced-fat dressing from fast-food chains so that when you travel, you can take one along to dress restaurant salads (in case they don’t offer any light dressings that appeal to you).
If you’ve got to have a burger, choose the smaller size and dress it with catsup, BBQ sauce, or mustard, and load up on low-fat veggie fillers: lettuce, onions, and tomatoes.
At Chinese food outlets, choose an entrée with veggies and lean meat (that’s not battered and deep-fried).