If you’re a sun worshipper, make sure to avoid getting painful burns and UV damage this summer. Here’s what you need to know to keep your skin protected and healthy. Healthy skin is beautiful skin!
Putting on sunscreen once doesn’t mean you’re safe for the rest of the day. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or working up a sweat.
Stay Inside During Peak Hours
When the sun is at its hottest point of the day, your skin is more at risk of getting burned. It’s best to avoid being outside from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Even if you’re wearing sunscreen, the little spots we commonly miss are at risk, such as ears, back of the knees, tip of the nose, and jawline.
Stay Covered Up
The best way to avoid sun exposure is to not be exposed at all! It can be tempting to wear less closing when it’s hot outside, but covering more could be better for you in the long run. Larger sunglasses will protect your eyes and the delicate tissue around them. Hats with a bigger brim will cover more of your neck and face.
Modify Your Skincare Routine
Specific ingredients in your skincare regimen could be making your skin more sensitive to the sun, and therefore, more susceptible to burn. Certain types of essential oils as well as common ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone, and ascorbic acid, are a few. Skin lightening products in particular make skin more vulnerable. Check the back of your bottles to make sure that what you’re using isn’t leaving you overexposed.
Tara Heath is a 37 year old health professional and works as a freelancer writer in the evenings. Her writing focuses mainly on health, such as skincare and how to live a healthy lifestyle overall. She lives in Burbank, Ca. with her husband and two beautiful daughters—ages eight and twelve.