Whether you’re spending your time lounging by the pool, swimming in the ocean or enjoying a walk through the park this summer, you’re bound to be out in the sun. While some exposure is healthy, too much can result in a painful burn. Follow these summer skin care tips to ensure that your skin is protected and stays healthy this season.
Prep your skin.
Exfoliate your body to get rid of any dead and dry skin. Make sure you also moisturize regularly to hydrate your skin and keep it healthy.
Protect your skin with sunscreen.
Make sure to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, especially in the summer when you’re outside more often. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with at least 15 SPF or 30 SPF if you intend on staying outside for longer periods of time. Make sure it hasn’t expired – sunscreen has an average shelf-life of one year, so buy a new bottle if you’re not sure if it’s still fresh. Reapply every two hours, and let the sunscreen soak in for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Some daily moisturizers have SPF protection in them, but it’s still important to apply an extra layer, especially if you intend on being in the sun. Most people don’t reapply moisturizers even though reapplying is the best protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
The sun produces the highest number of UVA and UVB rays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so be sure to protect yourself during those hours. If you do get burned, there are plenty of ways you can treat your sunburn at home.
Don’t forget the neglected places.
Parts of the body like the chest, backs of hands, lips, and ears are often overlooked or forgotten when people are applying sunscreen. Remember to cover these areas as well. Some sunscreens are made specifically for these places, such as facial sunscreen or sunscreen lip balm.
Wear protective clothing.
Wear hats to protect your scalp and face from the skin. Be sure to also wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays that can potentially harm your eyes.
The summer season brings more people outdoors, so while you’re enjoy lounging on the beach or hanging out at that backyard barbeque, be sure to use these summer skin care tips to protect yourself from potentially painful sunburns.