After months of being cooped up inside, it’s finally time to don swimsuits and hit the beach, but the sun can be as dangerous as it is inviting. Sunspots, wrinkles, and skin cancer can all be caused by its damaging rays if proper safety measures aren’t taken. To protect your skin and your health, follow these steps.
Wear light protective clothing. Nobody wants to overdress in the summer heat, but if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun, consider covering the parts of your body most prone to burning, such as your head and shoulders. A hat can protect your scalp and face, whereas an airy blouse or t-shirt can protect your shoulders.
Thoroughly apply sunscreen. Sunscreen is your greatest ally in the fight against sun damage. Cover any exposed skin, making sure not to neglect your feet, hands, lips, or the tips of your ears. You should use a moisturizer, foundation, or sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for everyday use, and a sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher for days when prolonged sun exposure is expected. If you use a spray sunscreen, apply at least two full coats to guarantee full-body protection.
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