Great Ways to Keep Your Skin Safe This Summer

 

July 4thmay be behind us, but the affects of the sun are still fresh. Avoid the pain of sunburn and future skin cancer with the following tips that are so easy even a 3 year old can do them!

 Apply before you fly. If you are heading outside, take a few extra minutes (that is really all it takes) and apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30-50 about a half-hour before you leave. Keep in mind that if you sweat or will be goingthese easy  into the swimming pool, waterproof sunscreen is recommended.

For your eyes only. Yes, your eyes can be affected by the rays of the sun. This includes contact lenses as well as regular glasses for impaired vision. For the best protection against harmful rays, invest in a pair of wrap-around sunglasses that include UV protection as well. What was once considered a look that wasn’t so cool, now this style is in and won’t ever go out of style. Being true to your eyes is always in style.

Big protection from big hats. There is more a reason than ever to wear wide-brimmed hats. They’ve got coverage when it comes to sun protection Not a look for the man in your life? Try a Panama Jack hat and keep cool in the hot sun without sweating about sun protection.

The body beautiful. Sure, the summer is a time to flaunt toned, or not so toned, arms and legs. When it comes to sun protection, more is more! If you are sensitive to the sun, don’t shy away from wearing long-sleeved shirts, skirts, and/or pants (especially for men).

Hide and seek at the peak. Keep out of harms way and limit time outside (as much as possible) and direct sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. And 3:00 p.m. If you have no choice and must be outside, plan ahead and get covered!

Keep up on your skin situation. This is something we all don’t like to think about, but is necessary. Take note of any changes to existing moles or freckles as well as new ones that surface. Make an appointment with a dermatologist and have questionable skin growths checked immediately.

The children are our future. According to information up on WebMD.com, “Eighty percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure is acquired before age 18”. Whether you are a parent, teacher, grandparent, or babysitter, apply sunscreen to this age group. They can learn as early as 3 years old that it is important to take care of their skin.

Do you always apply sunscreen at least a half-hour before you leave the house? Would you wear a wide-brimmed hat for the sake of sun protection?

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