Summertime or not, the sun’s rays can cause damage to your skin if you do not take precautions. The sun reflects off of sand, water and snow, which raises a need to use sunscreen. And yes, even on those cloudy days, sunscreen is needed! Eighty percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate your skin and cause you to burn.
You want to avoid sunburn and protect your skin as best as you can from the sun at all times. Not protecting your skin well enough can age your skin quicker, causing you to have age spots or wrinkles at an earlier age. Too much sun exposure without the use of sunscreen can also cause skin cancer. We recommend self-examining your skin daily after being out in the sun.
If you’re an avid makeup wearer, we suggest you try to find a facial moisturizer or foundation with an SPF to ensure daily coverage.
When applying sunscreen be sure to cover easily-forgettable areas like your ears, back of the neck, feet, lips, and eyelids. Try to reapply every 2 hours for maximum protection and be sure to reapply after swimming or sweating.
Besides sunscreen, there are other ways to take precaution from damaging your skin such as:
- Camping out in the shade
- Obtaining vitamin D through a healthy diet and not by the sun
- Avoiding tanning beds
- Covering up with clothing like sun hats, sunglasses, or pants