Summer, Sports, Your Skin, and You

08.11.2015, 13:37 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty

Clothesline pictures of people doing summer sports

Ahhh summer! The days are longer and warmer, everything seems to slow down a notch, and play seems to be the main focus for many of us. Whether you’re spending a lot of time at the beach or in the pool, outside riding bikes, or even just enjoying a nice walk in the warmer weather, your skin needs extra TLC when the mercury rises. Here are some tips for keeping your skin the best it can be in the summer while enjoying sports.*

  • Protect – If it’s not already, sunscreen should be a critical component of your daily routine.** Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you swim or exercise outside, and remember to reapply regularly (check the sunscreen label for directions). Even if your sunscreen is water resistant, the label will tell you how long you can expect to receive the stated SPF coverage before you need to reapply (either 40 or 80 minutes).

    Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your loved ones as well…and remember the ears, too! Learn more about Obagi sunscreens here.
  • Hydrate – The more active you are, the more water you need to consume. Through activities of daily living, the average person loses about 10-15 cups of fluid a day in sweat and other normal bodily functions, and that number increases in the high-activity days of summer. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%, and skin is the body’s largest organ. Check with your physician to learn if you are consuming enough water daily, and make it a focus this summer to stay hydrated. Your skin will thank you!

  • Cleanse and Exfoliate – Sweat can clog pores, and when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors and in summer sports, you are likely sweating a lot. To minimize the effects that clogged pores can have on your complexion, a cleansing regimen that includes gentle exfoliation is a smart move.

  • Moisturize - Dry skin is very common during the summer months, and there’s no better way to make sure your skin is getting the balanced moisture it needs than to use a high-quality moisturizer regularly. Your skin care professional can recommend a moisturizer that will work best for you and also provide information on how often you should moisturize, depending on your skin type.

  • Repair – Despite your best efforts, there may come a time this summer when you have to take care of a sunburn. Should that happen, you may want to ask your doctor about Biafine® Topical Emulsion, which helps promote healing in damaged skin to treat and manage wounds, burns, and other skin abrasions.

Keeping these tips in mind while you are outside enjoying summer sports will go a long way to maintaining the beautiful skin that you love, every day of the year!


*This information is not meant to replace a consultation with a skin care professional and does not substitute the benefits that a licensed, trained professional can offer.

**Using a broad spectrum sunscreen like Obagi® Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 together with a comprehensive sun protection program including wearing sun protective clothing and sunglasses and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am-2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

Biafine® Topical Emulsion is used for the dressing and management of wounds, pressure sores, leg ulcers, 1st and 2nd degree burns including sunburns, donor and graft sites, skin reactions to radiation therapy, and minor scrapes.

Important Safety Information
Biafine should not be used on any wound until directed by a healthcare professional. Do not use Biafine on bleeding wounds, skin rashes related to food or medication allergies, or when an allergy to one of the ingredients is known.

Do not apply Biafine within 4 hours of a radiation session and do not miss an application during the course of radiation therapy, even for one day.

Do not apply Biafine to a skin graft unless your healthcare professional has instructed you to do so.

Biafine is for topical use only. If swallowed, contact a healthcare professional or Poison Control Center immediately. Keep out of reach of children.

Biafine should not be used prior to extended exposure to the sun.
Following application of Biafine a temporary tingling sensation may occur (10 to 15 minutes).

If a wound has become infected, your healthcare professional will advise you whether to continue the use of Biafine while being treated with an anti-infective.

If your condition doesn’t improve within 10-14 days, see your healthcare professional.

See the Instruction for Use for detailed directions for the proper use of Biafine on various types of wounds and burns. See your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see Instructions for Use for BIAFINE.


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