4 Ways to Protect Your Skin
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When it comes to summertime, you want to do everything possible to protect your skin from the rays of the sun. Too much sun exposure can be very dangerous for you and your family, not only does it cause premature aging, but it can cause skin cancer. Protecting your skin both in the summer and the winter is vital to ensure that you feel good, you look good, and you’re not messing with your health at the same time.
There are so many ways that you can expose yourself to sun damage, and you may not even be aware of all of them. Protecting your skin now can help you to avoid extreme measures such as skin surgery. While skin surgery can be life-saving, if you protect your skin, prevention is always better than a cure. Let’s take a look at four ways that you should protect your skin.
You’ll be told to use this when it’s hot and sunny outside, but you should also be using sunscreen when it’s cold. Just because the temperature is low it doesn’t mean the sun is any less strong. You should be wearing sunscreen when you’re exposed to the sun even when it’s cloudy because the UV rays can be very high. Sunscreen that you wear should have a high SPF and you should ensure that you apply it to your face every morning and then pop out throughout the day. Don’t forget your hands, arms, or legs if they are exposed.
Cover up Your Skin
Sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin but it’s not the only standalone way to do it. Sunscreen can also be something that you often forget, so cover up your exposed skin as much as you can. Hats, light long sleeves, and wearing long trousers should be able to help you to maximize your protection. If you have pale skin, you’re likely to be more prone to sunburn, so long SPF protective clothes can help you to maximize your protection.
Sit in the shade
As lovely as it is to sit outside in the sunshine when it’s hot, you should minimize how much time you spend on it. The sun is warm, which can help you to feel relaxed and you’ll be getting a healthy dose of vitamin D. The problem is that your skin is exposed this way, so where possible sit in the shade. If you have a porch, blinds, or curtains, and you’re sitting inside, draw them down so that the reflection and glass from the sun doesn’t burn your skin.
Wear Sunglasses When you Can
The sun can cause fine lines around the eyes, and it can also damage your retinas if you’re looking into the sun too much. Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes, stops you from squinting so much, and makes your skin look useful for longer. Sunglasses are also a great fashion statement, so why not buy the ones you want?
*This article is based on personal suggestions and/or experiences and is for informational purposes only. This should not be used as professional advice. Please consult a professional where applicable.