How to Protect Your Skin During the Summer
Arizonans are no stranger to sunlight exposure and hot temperatures during the summer months. But too much of this can increase the probability for skin cancer and affect the aging of skin. Accordingly, it’s so important to take the necessary steps to protect your skin against harmful rays.
Here are a few tips on how to do just that:
Some sun exposure is actually good. Sunlight provides our bodies with Vitamin D and has even been shown to promote positive, happier energy. However, sun exposure should still be taken in moderation.
The best way to avoid overexposure is to stay out of direct sunlight during midday hours (10:00am – 2:00pm) when the sun is at its harshest. Anything over 15 minutes is considered overexposure.
Use Sunscreen Liberally
Sunscreen should be used often during the summer to protect from the damaging UV rays of the sun. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you will be out in the sun to allow time for it to absorb. Don’t hesitate to reapply as needed during the day. Look for sunscreens that offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. High SPF numbers may not be enough.
Be Sure to Moisturize
Along with sunscreen, be sure to moisturize your skin every day. Use a moisturizer with higher SPF to help prevent sun spots, freckles, and early signs of aging. A rich lotion after a bath or shower or before bed keeps your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated overnight as well.
Believe it or not, the amount of water you take into your body each day directly impacts the health of your skin. Drinking water when you are exposed to high heat and direct sunlight is good for your entire body, and helps keep your skin hydrated as well. Be sure to carry a water bottle with you wherever you go this summer.
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