Longer days, warmer weather, vacation time—there’s a whole lot to look forward to in the summer. As the excitement of the new season draws near, we must remember how harsh the brilliant sunshine and heat can be on our skin. Check out our guide on how to keep your skin healthy this summer. Spoiler alert: It includes sunscreen!
Be Mindful Of the Midday Sun
We understand that a lot of people look forward to getting a shade darker in the summer, but you should always mind the time of day that you sunbathe. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the sun’s most intense UV rays are out. During this time, it’s especially crucial to lather on the sunscreen and stick to the shade.
If you want the best of both worlds—healthy skin and a nice tan—spend time in the sun in short increments (while wearing sunblock). You can always test out some self-tanner lotion to achieve a warm summer glow without increasing your risk for skin cancer.
Stay Hydrated, Stay Moisturized
Stay cool this summer by keeping your body hydrated, inside and out.
Unless you’re superhuman, the chances are good that you sweat more in the summer, too. Account for your body’s water loss by always keeping a bottle of water within arm’s reach. Dehydration is a serious condition that can lead to severe injury, so take steps to prevent it all summer long. It might seem silly, but you can get an idea of how hydrated you are by peeking at your urine—the lighter and clearer it is, the better!
Remember to incorporate water-rich foods into your diet in the summer to help maintain your hydration goals. With sweet fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe offering a high water composition, staying hydrated has never been easier!
With all this care for your body’s insides, don’t forget about your body’s largest organ! Everyone’s skin reacts to increased heat and UV rays differently. Learning how to moisturize your face based on your skin’s texture and sensitivity will keep your skin calm and buoyant all summer long.
Stock up on Sunscreen
Say it with me: It won’t turn into a tan! Repeat this mantra as often as necessary this summer to prevent scorching your skin. Avoid putting your body through the trauma of a milk bath or aloe cocoon by just slapping on some sunscreen, one of the most effective ways to keep your skin healthy this summer—and every summer after that.
Especially when getting outdoors between that 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. window, you’ll want to lather on broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a high SPF. And don’t let an overcast day fool you. You should still wear SPF to shield your skin from the strongest UV rays.
Authored by Inspire Your Journey