July 15, 2014
This summer, get outside and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, but do so in a smart way. Skin cancer and other problems are all too common as a direct result of people forgetting or neglecting to wear sunblock, and other measures to protect themselves. Follow these crucial suncare tips for summer to ensure your skin will remain healthy no matter what is thrown your way.
The most important thing is to be aware of the potential dangers of the sun. While it may be tempting to spend time lounging out and soaking up the rays, this could be damaging to your health when the proper precautions aren’t taken. Realizing that one in every three cancers are some form of skin cancer should be eye opening in just how critical it is to cover up. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. If possible stay inside during this time. If you are outside, make sure to wear sunblock, a sunhat, or other clothing to protect your skin from the worst of the rays.
Put on Sunscreen
If you are planning on spending any amount of time outside, wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 to 30. If you will be swimming,consider investing in a waterproof variety. While it will still wear out and need to be reapplied before the day is through, this is a better option than other types. Start applying your sunscreen about half an hour before you will be out in the sun to allow your skin time to soak up the benefits. Bring the sunscreen with you and reapply about every two hours. This will bring you more sun protection, preventing sunburns and more serious problems. Make sure to apply to all the areas that will be exposed including the ears, feet, and hands.
Watch the Reflected Light
Even if you are holding up under that shade umbrella, or even sheltered by the protection of a large leafy tree, reflective light may have an impact on your skin. If you are near sand, concrete, or a number of other surfaces that will reflect light, be sure to place sunscreen on places such as the underside of your chin to ensure you won’t get burned here. While water does not reflect UV rays, this light can go straight through the water, so don’t feel just because you are taking a swim you are guaranteed protection.
There are a number of different ways in which you can and should protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Enjoy your summer, but keep your skin looking healthy and young. By applying moisturizers and sunscreen, while avoiding the direct rays of the sun whenever possible, your skin will feel and look healthier.