During the summer, it’s natural to want to get outside and enjoy the sun’s beautiful rays. However, the sun can cause plenty of damage to your skin if you don’t take steps to prevent it. Sun damage can dry out your skin quickly, and over time sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and other more permanent skin conditions. Here’s how to take care of your skin this summer.
When you can, keep your skin covered and out of direct sun exposure. If you can wear lightweight pants or a lightweight blouse, this will go a long way towards protecting your skin. While it isn’t always realistic to cover up, there are things you can do to stay out of direct sunlight. For example, wearing a hat will keep the sun off your face, and staying in the shade will also reduce your risk of burns.
Of course, when you are going out in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen. Your sunscreen should have adequate SPF protection, and you should apply it regularly – as often as half an hour is ideal. You should also reapply every time you get out of the water just in case. You also may want to look for makeup products that contain sunscreen to lessen the chance of experiencing a sunburn on your face.
Keeping your body hydrated will help prevent sun damage and help you recover quickly from it if you do experience it. You should always keep a water bottle with you, as this will help you remember to drink water. You should also avoid drinking alcohol when you are spending lots of time directly in the sun, as it can be dehydrating. It’s also important to apply a moisturizing product directly to the skin for even more nourishment.
By Natalia Lazar