As we enjoy relaxing and spending our summer outdoors with family and friends, it’s easy to indulge in the warm weather and forget about essential sun protection.
Incorporating sunscreen into your regular skin care routine can be a highly beneficial short and long-term habit to prevent sunburn and premature aging. To ensure good skin care and health, maintaining a habit of applying sunscreen daily and following several best practices can be helpful in gaining the maximum benefits of healthy glowing skin.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30+ at least 30 minutes prior to heading outdoors for increased effectiveness.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming and after sweating.
- Wear 99% or 100% ultraviolet (UV) protection sunglasses to protect your eyes. Use lip balm and foundation with SPF, or use sunscreen underneath your makeup.
- When planning a trip to the beach or going outdoors, consider timing it to avoid sunburn during the hottest hours of the day from 10 AM to 4 PM.
- Wear a hat and bright, light-colored clothing to reflect the sun’s UV rays. Fabric that is tightly woven, heavier, or clothing made of shiny-synthetic fibers will reflect, absorb and provide the best sun protection compared to sheer, matte, dark-colored clothing. (Source: www.skincancer.org)
- Avoid exfoliation right before you tan or spend time in direct sunlight. Your exfoliated skin layers are more sensitive to sunlight and susceptible to burning.
- Moisturize before you sleep each night to keep your skin hydrated for the next day.
Feel peace of mind that your skin and health is preserved while you bask in sunny days ahead. Following the best skin care practices and essential sun protection tips may seem like a lot of effort, but by taking a few minutes in your day to prepare before you head out can make a difference that your body will be thankful for.