Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

Protect Your Skin From the Summer SunSummer is here, which means spending more time outside in the sun. No matter your skin tone, it’s important to stay protected from the summer sun to avoid skin cancer, burns, and irritation. Sunburn and skin cancer can have a lasting effect on your skin’s appearance and health, so being proactive against the sun can help with aging and other skin issues. These tips will ensure you stay protected and healthy in the summer sun.

Use SPF

It’s important to wear SPF daily year-round, but especially in the summer when the sun is stronger and we spend more time outside. Most dermatologists recommend an SPF of 35 or greater, rain or shine. A one-time application isn’t enough, applying sunscreen every two hours when you’re spending time outside is ideal.

Wear Hats and Protective Clothing

If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, consider wearing a hat or protective clothing to protect your skin. Hats are ideal for blocking the sun from your face to avoid excess sun exposure, and thin, long-sleeved shirts are perfect for spending extended time outside. Remember that clothing is not a replacement for sunscreen, and SPF should still always be worn!

Visit Your Dermatologist

According to Dallas Dermatology Partners, twenty percent of Americans will develop skin cancer at some point during their lifetime. Luckily, their staff treats an array of different types of skin cancers, including Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. 

Their dermatologists recommend administering self-exams of moles, lesions, growths, bumps, and more. If you notice anything new or out of the ordinary, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. 

Stay Hydrated

The hot sun can dry your body and skin out, so staying hydrated on the inside and out is important. While you’re out in the sun, you should be staying hydrated with water the whole time to avoid excess heat exposure. Once inside, using a moisturizing lotion or aloe vera can help your skin recover faster and maintain moisture.

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