While it’s important to protect your skin from the sun each and every day of the year, it’s generally in the summer when the sun’s rays are the strongest that you need to take extra precautions. If you fail to do so, you could wind up with a sunburn, premature aging, and more.
To keep these things from happening to you, here are three tips for protecting your skin this summer.
Stay Out Of The Strongest Sun
Although the summertime is when the sun is going to be the strongest and have the highest potential for damaging your skin, there are ways that you can still be out in the sun without exposing your skin to the harshest of the sun’s rays.
According to Micah Dorfner, a contributor to the Mayo Clinic, the sun is going to be the most powerful between 10 am and 2 pm. This means that if you’re wanting or needing to spend some time outside, it’s best to avoid being outside during this window of time. Rather, try to take care of everything either earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun won’t be as damaging to your skin.
Use Sunscreen Correctly
While everyone knows that it’s important to wear sunscreen when you’re going to be spending time outside, not everyone actually knows the correct way to be applying sunscreen, both when you’ll be outside and when you won’t be.
To give your skin the best protection with sunscreen, it’s important that you apply at least some SPF each day. This will give your skin a layer of protection from the sun that comes through the windows or doors in your home and car, which you may not even be thinking about as being damaging to your skin. Additionally, if you are going to be outside, Margaret Abrams, a contributor to Standard.co.uk, shares that you should be applying at least SPF 30 when you choose which sunscreen to use. And once you’ve put it on, you should be reapplying every two hours or so. But if you’ve gotten wet or sweaty, you may need to reapply more often.
Up Your Water Intake
It’s not only what you’re putting on your skin that can help protect it from the sun.
Noelle Ike, a contributor to CNN, shares that when you’re out in the sun, it’s much easier for your body to become dehydrated. And when you’re dehydrated, your body isn’t as equipped to keep your body or your skin as healthy and protected as it otherwise would have been able to. Because of this, it’s crucial that you up your water intake if you’re going to be spending any amount of time out in the direct sunlight.
If you’re wanting to take the best possible care of your skin this summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you in protecting it from the sun.