Summer skincare 101: Protection tips from Valley physician

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By Gretchen Pahia / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ

(Pinal County, AZ) - Many residents throughout Pinal County are getting ready for summer vacations with family and friends. While you pack up the usual items, it is easy to forget how quickly summer travel can wreak havoc on personal skincare routines.

Whether it is the dry air on airplanes or overexposure to the sun, taking care of our skin while traveling is vital. Arizona physician Dr. Pablo Prichard has some great tips to keeping skin healthy and happy during seasonal travels.

According to Dr. Prichard, one of the best things you can do for your skin, is leave some of those skincare products at home. “Retinols and other acid base products can cause skin sensitivities so if you are going somewhere sunny best to leave at home and discontinue 3-5 days prior to your trip.” He adds that it is important to boost your SPF protections if you will be spending extra amount of time outdoors.

Dr. Prichard also says that if you will be planning time at the beach, there are some things naturally found there that can be great for your skin. “If you’re at the beach, magnesium, calcium, and potassium are all skin-friendly minerals that can be found in sea salt. These minerals are great benefits of salt water since they help combat acne-causing bacteria, skin infections, and speed up the healing process.”

The overall message is simple thought. Whether you will be in the mountains, desert, or at the beach, sunblock will be your best friend acting as a barrier between your skin and the sun. If you will be spending time in dry environments, be sure to use a good daily moisturizer and make sure to stay hydrated.

It is important to take care of your skin no matter if you are home or traveling, but often being on vacation can jump us out of routine. Dr. Prichard shared, “taking care of your skin at an early age will ensure less damage control later in life. Just make sure to protect it throughout your life.”

If you would like more skincare tips or to speak directly with Dr. Prichard or his staff, check out his website.

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Gretchen has immense media and public relations experience, is an award-winning television news producer and has been published in a number of publications. Native to Arizona and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.

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