Summer Skin Care
- Created: June 17, 2013
- by: admin
Summer is here and there is all the more reason to care for that sun-kissed skin. Read on to find out how you can protect your body’s largest organ.
The sun is out, the weather is warm, and your ready for those trips to the beach – Not so fast! Not with out that SPF. When spending time at the beach or poolside, on hiking trails, or playing outdoor sports, it’s easy to forget about summer skin care. Regularly applying sunscreen is probably the last thing on your mind; however, protecting your skin during the summer is something to pay close attention to.
It’s no secret that the sun has UVA and UVB rays that are extremely damaging to your skin, which makes it hard to believe that so many people ignore the damage that the sun may cause to their bodies. Sun damage causes aging and, even worse, various types of cancer. Taking appropriate summer skin care precautions is the only way to go.
Choose your sun protection factor (SPF) level carefully. SPF indicates the amount of time you can stay in the sun with that particular level of sunscreen. For example, an SPF of 15 means you can stay in the sun 15 times longer than you would normally. So, for a person that begins to burn in 10 minutes, an SPF of 15 allows sun protection for 150 minutes. However, while using an SPF of 15 is a good start, you should use a higher SPF if you are planning on spending longer periods of time outdoors.
Although using sunscreen is a start, it only works if you use it properly. Follow these skin care guidelines to protect your flesh and your health:
- Be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outdoors.
- Apply sunscreen every two hours, regardless of the SPF level. Over time, sunscreen wears off from being touched, rubbed off with towels or by sweating.
- Use protection on all parts of your body and use an SPF lip balm for your lips.
- Check the “best before” date. Sunscreen expires and loses its effectiveness over time. Leaving your sunscreen in the heat will also jeopardize its strength.