Tips To Protect Your Skin During Summer!
Your skin is the largest organ of the body and, therefore, one of the most important areas of your health to look after. It also means that it can be prone to damage and can easily look worn and tired if you don’t look after it properly. Here are some tips to protect your skin over the summer. 🙂
Always Wear An SPF
An SPF is important to use in order to protect your skin from sun damage. The amount of SPF in sunscreen is going to be indicative of how long you can spend out in the sun without experiencing sunburn. UV rays are the cause of skin damage, and it will only get worse as you age. So is non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen safe? And what’re the best SPF levels for your skin? The answer to this is something that depends on your skin’s sensitivity and what you feel is giving you proper protection and what isn’t. Always start off on a high SPF to be safe and then you can always lower it if you’re trying to build a gradual tan. If you feel yourself burning, then make sure to top up the sunscreen again on those areas just to be sure. It’s better to be safe than sorry as each time you burn your skin, the riskier it becomes!
Drink Plenty Of Water
Water is needed for hydration of the skin, and if you’re not giving it enough water throughout the day, then you’re going to see a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. Our skin cells are made up of mostly water, so when we restrict our water intake, those skin cells start to dry up, and that can contribute to a very dull-looking appearance. Keep that natural glow! So try to drink plenty of water where you can, opting for perhaps one to two liters of water per day if possible.
Be Aware Of Sun Exposure Risks
Sun exposure is something that has already been mentioned above when it comes to SPF, but it’s definitely worth knowing as much as you can about what increased sun exposure can mean for your skin. Apart from skin damage such as pigmentation, moles on your body might be at risk if you’re not applying sunscreen. There have been cases where moles have become potentially cancerous because of exposure to sunlight. Be careful spending too long out in the sun and know what to do if you’ve been severely burnt or have any worries about something you’ve discovered from too much sun exposure. Treating a sunburn is also important. Cool compresses are good for cooling down the skin’s temperature and easing pain. You also want to apply aloe vera gel to the burn areas to reduce swelling and redness. Aloe vera has healing properties that are very good for inflammation of the skin.
Wear Protective Clothing
Wearing the right clothing is certainly necessary because it can be easy to burn parts of your body if you’re not covering them up. A sun hat is a perfect accessory if you’re under direct sunlight. Your scalp is sensitive and can be vulnerable to burning as well. You should wear sunglasses to protect the eye area as this area of the face is thinner and more susceptible to sun.
Avoid The Sun During Peak Times
During the year, depending on where we live, we can have much warmer months than others. You should be paying attention to the sun during peak times. If you’re trying to keep yourself safe, it’s best to be in the shade during the highest points at which the sun is shining. If you’re opting for the earlier morning or mid-afternoon, the sun is going to be lower than usual and therefore not as harsh on the skin. Remember that even on cloudy and overcast days, the UV rays are still going to be able to break through, so it’s important to continue re-applying the sunscreen where you can. 🙂
Perform Regular Skin Checks
Skin checks are good to do, regardless of how often you spend outside. There are certain signs and symptoms that are worth looking out for when it comes to your skin. First, look at yourself in the mirror and check your face carefully (as well as the neck, chest, and also underneath the breasts if you’re a woman). Check your armpit areas and your thighs and the back. By doing regular skin checks, you can keep an eye on your skin to ensure that nothing is out of the ordinary, and if it is, you’re getting it seen to as quickly as possible.
Avoid Tanning Beds
Tanning beds were and still are very popular. However, there are much safer methods out there to get that bronzed look without harming the skin with UV rays. If you’re someone who regularly likes to hop onto a tanning bed, even for a short period, it can have long-lasting damage on your skin. There is no such thing as a safe tan, and so it’s always best that you either fake tan your skin or lounge out in the sun, but simply apply as much sunscreen as possible.