How to Have a Sun Safe Skin Summer

UV rays can damage and wreak havoc on your skin especially during the summer when the sun is closest to the earth. 

In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. 

While we may think of tanned skin as being beautiful, sun exposure over time damages our skin in many ways.  From premature aging to wrinkles and age spots to cancer, the sun may feel great does a lot of damage. There are easy ways to protect your skin from the harmful rays when you’re out during the day. And remember, even a cloudy day exposes our skin to the sun. Sun rays penetrate clouds and the damage builds up year-round. 

 

Sunscreen and Lip Balms

Your best defense from the sun (outside of staying inside) is to apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreens come in many forms from sprays to gels to creams and lotions but choose one that you like. Make sure you apply 20 minutes before heading outdoors and rub it in. If you are active, swimming or sweating a lot, reapply every two hours. 

 

When choosing a sunscreen, select one that is water resistant and provides a broad-spectrum protection. Look for sunscreens that contain benzophenones and zinc oxide for even greater coverage and protection.  Also, don’t forget your lips. The lips are one of the most prone areas on the face to develop skin and lip cancer because of extended sun exposure. Look for a lip-specific product that has a SPF 15 or greater and apply every two hours. There are also lipsticks on the market that have built in SPF. Wearing a darker shade provides better UV defense!

 

Clothing

An essential wardrobe piece is a broad brimmed hat to protect your scalp and ears from the sun. Your scalp is very susceptible to burning so even after you apply your sunscreen throw on a hat.  There are also rash guards and swimsuits that come with built in ultraviolet protection factor. While they are not foolproof in protection, they do add an extra layer between the sun and your skin not to mention they can be quite fashionable.

 

Sunglasses

Your eyes are equally important to protect from the sun. The bigger the shades the better. Did you know that prolonged exposure to the sun can redden the whites of your eyes just like the sun burning your skin? The sun also promotes cataracts and macular degeneration. And when you have on a great pair of shades it also protects the skin around your eyes.  It is in fashion to protect those baby blues.

Author Platinum Dermatology — Published July 24, 2019

Posted In Skin Care Tips