Summer Skin Care  

    Summer time is here, and do you know what that means? It’s time for fun in the sun! Camping in the woods, visiting theme parks, sunbathing at the beach…it all sounds good. However, before you pack that picnic basket or jump in the pool, here are three summer skin care facts you should know before going out in the sun.   

    Always use sunscreen. Regardless of your skin tone, everyone’s skin is susceptible to damage from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays. In Fact, the American Cancer Society shows more than 87,000 Americans will get melanoma cancer just in 2017 (melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer). One of the best ways to protect your skin from UV rays is by wearing waterproof sunscreen. Most health care professionals recommend using sunscreen with a minimum of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher. When applying sunscreen, make sure to cover all areas of exposed skin, and allow it time to settle into the skin before going out into the sun or water. Also, reapply sunscreen throughout the day. 

    Stay out of direct sunlight. There is no shame in using that beach umbrella or seeking shelter. Always try to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Many dermatologists would recommend staying out of the sun during the sunniest/hottest parts of the day because this is when the UV rays are at their strongest. The best time to go outside is early morning or late afternoon. My favorite time to go to the beach is near sunset because the UV rays from the sun are not as strong.       

    Wear the proper apparel. Wear clothing that will protect you from the effects of direct sunlight. For women, this can mean wearing a long dress, skirt, wrap, pants, and/or shirt. Men can wear pants and a long sleeve shirt that covers exposed skin. Everyone can benefit from wearing sunglasses; always make sure to use sunglasses with a UV protection of 100%. Also, wearing a hat provides UV protection for the head and face, especially brimmed hats.

    Find more resources on summer skin care:
    Have Dark skin? You Still Need Sunscreen
    Key Statistics for Melanoma Skin Cancer
    Prevent Skin Cancer
    How Your Skin Can Survive Summer

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