When it comes to summer sunshine, finding ways to protect your skin is more than a luxury — because of the real dangers of UV rays, guarding your skin is vital in order to prevent sunburn, eye damage, early wrinkles and even skin cancer.
So, where’s the problem? If you’re like most people, you don’t particularly desire to slather your nose with zinc oxide or sport an umbrella hat at the beach or while you’re enjoying a family picnic. How can you care for your skin without sacrificing fashion? What are the best ways to practice sun safety without feeling self-conscious?
Here’s a look at some top tips for keeping your skin protected from sun damage this season, which won’t have you hiding from the camera:
- Wear Sunscreen. Proper sun protection has to start with sunscreen, which should always be applied to dry skin at least 15 to 30 minutes before you step into the sun, according to Meirav Devash and K. Aleisha Fetters at Women’s Health Magazine. Look for a version with at least SPF 30+, and cover all exposed areas of the body. Likewise, remember to reapply sunscreen every two or so hours, or even sooner if you get into the water or sweat a lot, losing some of your coverage.
- Sport Some Shades. A slick pair of shades is more than a fashion statement — it’s also a great way to shield your eyes from the sun’s damage. In fact, when you wear sunglasses designed to block UV light, you can shield your eyes from almost all the effects of UV rays.
- Look into SPF Cosmetics. If you’re already planning to wear makeup when you’re in the backyard on a summer afternoon or attending a wedding in the hottest part of the day, why not opt for makeup with SPF? SPF makeup products will block a big bulk of damaging UV rays, protecting your skin even as they give you the look you’re going for.
- Find a Sunhat You Love. Not all sunhats are big and dorky — so find one that fits your fashion sense and make it a statement piece! Plus, you’ll add extra coverage to your face in the process.
- Sit in the Shade of the Trees. Shade trees won’t protect you from all sun damage, but they will at least limit direct exposure. If you’re at a park, pool or other area with trees nearby, pick a spot beneath them and enjoy the cooling effects of the shade.
- Go to a Pool with Shade Structures. Even if you’re at a busy neighborhood pool or community center with no tree coverage, there are likely to be umbrella-covered tables and/or shaded pavilions available. These options are also beneficial, getting you out of the sun’s most damaging effects.
- Time Your Trips: UV rays are the strongest and most damaging in the middle of the day, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the American Cancer Society — and that’s as true on gray days as on bright ones. Instead of exposing yourself to the sun at these most dangerous times, try going outside before or after the times with the strongest UV power. Relax by the beach early in the morning, catch a game of beach volleyball at sunset or go out for a late-afternoon swim in order to automatically face less sun damage.
When you care about looking good, you have to care about protecting your skin — because from wrinkles to sunspots, sun damage is a serious issue. Follow the fashion-friendly tips above to protect your skin this summer!
Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased and based on your skin profile.
About the author: Brent Derbecker is the National Sales Manager of Skyspan Structures, a shade division of Superior Recreational Products. Using precision engineering, the company designs umbrellas and shade structures for your comfort and protection.