The good news is that summer is in full swing and you have been enjoying long walks in the park, picnics and swimming at the beach. You sit on the patio at your favorite restaurant and life has been a daydream.
But there is a dark side to summer. The long stints in the sun lead to wrinkles, dark spots and worse. But not to fret, you can still enjoy the great outdoors this season, all you have to do is protect your skin.
The key to being sun savvy is to know how to protect your skin and keep it healthy. YNS Cosmeceutical Skincare, your source for top skin care products, offers ways you can protect your skin from the sun this summer.
Some over-the-counter medications and antibiotics make you more sensitive to sunlight. Some common drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen and certain antibiotics may increase your sensitivity to the sun, so be aware.
A wide-brimmed hat can do wonders to protect you from the sun. A baseball cap helps a little, but a wide-brimmed hat will help protect your face, neck and ears.
The sun is most intense between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so it is a good idea to stay indoors during this time. If you have to be outside during this time, use an umbrella to keep shaded and wear protective clothing to cover exposed skin.
You can maintain healthy skin by eating the right foods, like fruits and vegetables, and avoiding bad habits, like smoking, for example.
Treat your skin gently by using mild soaps and daily moisturizers.
You are at risk for sun damage to your skin even if you can’t see the sun. Ultraviolet light has no trouble penetrating the layers of clouds. Sun protection is recommended even on days when the sun is covered by clouds. Bottom line: Clouds are no excuse to forego sun protection.
If you are planning daily activities, prep well for the sun. Pay attention to scheduling by avoiding activities that put you in the sun between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. Make sure you pack enough sunscreen to get you through the day and remember that you can get sun-damaged skin while riding in your car.
It is not enough to just apply sunscreen, you need to apply and then reapply. You must apply enough sunscreen to adequately protect yourself from the sun and reapply to ensure you are always protected.
If you are wondering if you put on enough sunscreen, then you haven’t put enough on.
When you are spending time in the sun, be smart and cover up. You need more than just a wide-brimmed hat to stay protected from the sun. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants provide protection from the sun.
There is nothing wrong with setting your lounge chair up under an umbrella or in the shade of a tree. Reduce your risk of skin damage by seeking the shade as often as you can.
But don’t rely on the shade alone, you should still be slathering up with sunscreen even if you are planning on napping on your hammock in the shade.
Wearing sunglasses will protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes from the sun. Sunglasses that wrap around work best because they offer the most protection.
Going to the doctor isn’t on your list of fun things to do this summer, but it is a good idea. Your doctor can check on the condition of your skin to ensure everything is fine. Your doctor can also offer advice on ways to keep your skin safe.
We cannot emphasize the importance of sunscreen when it comes to skin protection. If you are swimming, make sure you use the appropriate sunscreen for your activity. And when you are done swimming and dried off, apply even more sunscreen.
Also, if you are sweating throughout the day, then you need to be reapplying sunscreen quite often.