Living in the South, we have the ability to experience all of the beauty spring and summertime have to offer. Many of us spend time at the beach, on the boat or simply outside enjoying our backyards. However, while the weather may be beautiful, too much exposure can take a toll on your skin. In the worst-case scenarios, you may develop the risk of damaging your skin or skin cancer. Despite the risks, you should definitely spend time outdoors, getting your daily dose of Vitamin D from sunlight and enjoying all our area has to offer. However, there are ways to get the necessary sunlight that safely keep your skin looking vibrant for as long as possible. Learn how to make the most of this summer without harmful consequences for your skin by applying these five tips to avoid sun damage.
Being aware is the first step anyone can take to avoid sun damage. Yes, the sun is a source of many health benefits but it can also seriously harm your body. The sun’s radiation takes about eight minutes to travel to Earth’s atmosphere, but it still packs a punch. When your skin is sun damaged, it tends to age faster which creates skin elasticity and sun spots, taking a toll on your self-esteem. Be mindful of a healthy skin care routine not only during spring and summer but throughout the year. The sooner you start the better!
Did you know that the sun’s light is strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.? Try to avoid being outdoors during this time. If you do go outside, use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher, wear protective clothing (e.g., hats, Dri-FIT long-sleeve shirts, etc.) and avoid using tanning beds.
See a Dermatologist
If you are someone who spends a lot of time in the sun, it’s important to get your skin checked by a specialized professional. Be proactive in your efforts of avoiding skin damage by seeing a dermatologist at least once a year. Using protective measures against the sun and getting your skin checked can help you stay away from avoidable surgeries and potentially life-threatening cancers.
No one knows your body better than you do! Stay mindful of any new growths, moles or spots that appear on your skin. Examine your skin at least once per month. If there are areas that are hard to check, use a mirror or have someone check them for you.
Vitamin C is a vital ingredient in the majority of skin care products because it offers additional UV protection for the skin barrier. So loading up on Vitamin C can help avoid sun damage. Keep in mind you shouldn’t rely on just Vitamin C alone. Be sure to apply your daily SPF lotion and wear protective clothing for best results.
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