The sun is a wonderful and generous thing, but it can also be your worst enemy in the summer when it comes to skin protection. However, with some preparation and planning, you can easily negate the sun’s dangerous effects on our skins. Here are some easy ways to better protect your skin this summer.
Wear Sunscreen, Reapplying Every 1-2 Hours
Replace your sunscreen on an annual basis with a new bottle — preferably one incorporating UVA and UVB products, and an SPF of 30 or 70. Reapply every 1-2 hours that you spend in the sun to ensure continued protection throughout your day of fun in the sun. Apply enough to sufficiently coat your skin. The equivalent of a shot glass full for your body will normally be enough, as will a full teaspoon’s worth for your face.
Don’t forget your lips either, as they can easily crack and become damaged after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Always keep a lip balm of SPF 15 on hand, and reapply as soon as you feel your lips getting dry or burned.
Wear Protective Clothing
Visors, sunhats, sunglasses, and various lightweight fabrics with a UV protection rating should be incorporated into your summer ensemble. Avoid using fabrics that could scratch, itch, or overheat you, sticking to lighter colours at all times to keep heat levels down — the last thing you want is to suffer from heatstroke. Be sure to consult the UV protection rating of whatever you’re wearing to better understand how thoroughly shielded you are.
Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated
This is best put into practice year-round, but during the summer months in particular it is extremely important in regard to the well-being of your skin. It sounds like a lot, but drinking the equivalent of 8 glasses of water daily is the ideal way to keep your skin hydrated. It also rinses your system of toxins.
Healthy skin is also a much-appreciated byproduct of eating healthy, and incorporating fewer sugars and refined processed foods will help to achieve this. Substitute with fruits and vegetables, salads, and a diet rich in flavonoids, as this will help develop healthy, glowing skin that can better withstand everything the sun can throw at it.
Perform Regular Skin Examinations
Keep an eye out for unexpected signs of sun damage on your skin. The biggest red flag of them all is in the form of moles that might have altered in shape or size. If they hurt, itch, or bleed, be sure to have the area examined by a medical professional and/or skin clinic promptly. Skin cancer is common throughout much of the world, and it’s always best to keep an eye out for anything strange.
As long as you plan accordingly and apply protective measures to your day-to-day life amidst all the delights of summer, your skin will be better defended. By making use of these tips, there’s no reason to not go out and have some fun in the sun.