It’s the hottest part of the summer, and that summer sun can be relentless. But in addition to making you sweat like a sinner in church, the sun can also do some serious damage to your skin if you don’t take steps to protect yourself from its harmful rays. In addition to causing premature wrinkles and age spots, the sun can cause melanoma, which is a potentially life-threatening form of cancer.
So, here are a few tips you should follow to protect your skin from the sun and keep it healthy and beautiful.
Always Wear Sunscreen
You know that you need to apply sunscreen when you’re heading to the beach or hanging out by the pool. But you should really be applying it a lot more frequently than that. Ideally, you should be putting on sunscreen every day. At the very least, make sure to put it on if you’re spending more than 30 minutes outside–even if it’s a cloudy day.
Use SPF-Infused Makeup
If you wear makeup, make sure to use a foundation that includes an SPF of 15 or higher. This can give you essential day-to-day protection from the sun, which is even more essential for the sensitive skin on your face. You should also look into SPF-infused lip balm or lipstick, to give your lips a little extra protection as well.
Wear a Hat
Hats are another great way to protect your face, as well as your ears and neck, from the sun’s harmful rays. Of course, hats aren’t appropriate for every occasion, but if you’re going to be outside for more than half an hour, wear a hat whenever you can get away with it. If you’re attending a more formal outdoor event, look for more stylish hats. Cloche hats are a great option for women, while men may want to opt for a fedora. Anything with a brim will help to protect your skin.
Avoid Peak Hours
The sun’s rays are the most intense between 10:00 in the morning and 4:00 in the evening. If you can, try to plan any outdoor activities for before or after these hours. This will help to minimize the amount of UV rays you’re exposed to, as well as making it a bit cooler for whatever activities you’ll be engaged in.
Summer is a wonderful time of year, and it’s important to get enough sunshine to keep you healthy and improve your mood. Just be sure to wear your cloche hat, sunscreen, and SPF-infused makeup, and avoid the hottest hours of the day. This should help protect your skin from any sun damage as you enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.