Although summer is the perfect time to stay out and enjoy the sun, it is also the worst time for your skin. If you do not pay attention and protect your skin, the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause damage and make your skin burnt, blistered, unevenly toned, and worst, multiply your risk of developing skin cancer. Here are some practical tips to keep your skin healthy this summer.
Always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and one that is water resistant so you are still protected even when you sweat. To get the full benefit of your sunscreen, strictly follow the direction it is packed with. Some sunscreens need to be applied an hour prior to sun exposure while others may be put on just as you are about to go out. Do not forget to include your earlobes as you apply sunscreen as they, too, need to be protected. Generally, sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours and more often when swimming (every 40-80 minutes) in order to get maximum protection.
Know When To Avoid The Sun
A good tan is a summer must-have but you must choose the time of the day when the sun is less harmful. Avoid excessive sun exposure between 10AM and 2Pm as the sun is at its harshest at these times. If you must be at the beach between these hours to flaunt your Aussie Swim Store Bikinis, be mindful to seek shade intermittently and to not stay too long out in the sun.
Avoid Tanning Beds
Tanning beds increases your risk of developing skin cancer by over 70% and hastens the development of premature skin again and wrinkles. So if you have the habit of getting an indoor tan, now is the time to stop.
Your body gets to lose more water this summer due to excessive heat and profuse sweating. If you do not replace these loses, you will get dehydrated and your skin will look dry and flaky. Drinking water and liquids at regular intervals will ensure that you maintain adequate hydration and keep your skin moisturized. It is advisable to drink water and fresh fruit juices instead of soft drinks and other highly processed beverages as they have very high sugar contents that will only make you more dehydrated.
Wear Protective Clothing
When going out in the sun, always wear sunnies to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck from sunburn. Get your body covered with as much clothes as you can be comfortable in. Even thin light-weight long-sleeved shirts can offer some degree of protection than when you go all bare. However, avoid wearing dark-coloured clothes as they tend to trap more heat.