Guest Author - BB Lee
In the summer time people are more active and participate in more outdoor activities. Many people are sensitive to sunlight or risk sun burns which could lead to even more problems. One of the most prevalent problems for sun worshipers is skin cancer. Follow the tips in this article to prepare your skin for summer fun in the sun. And avoid typical summer skin problems.
Keep Skin Hydrated
Dermatologist note, when you are exposed to the sun and participate in sun activities or sweat you lose water. Water hydrates the skin, keeps it moist, supple, elastic, young! Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day during the summer. You may need more if you are very active or sweat profusely.
Cleanse & Moisturize
Establish a regular cleansing routine for your skin especially during the summer months. Important to get rid of nasty grit and grime, sweat buildup, pollutants. Use a moisturizing soap to cleanse skin. Avoid harsh soaps. After washing the face slather on your favorite facial lotion appropriate for your skin type to seal in moisture.
Use Sun Screen
Use a sun screen with a SPF 15 or higher. The higher the SPF the more protection the sun screen will give against UV-B. The Ultra Violet radiation which causes the skin to burn. The SPF estimates the amount of time the person who applies the sun screen can be exposed to the sun before getting burned. Reapply every 2 to 3 hours if you sweat a lot or if you go swimming.
Avoid Excess Sun Exposure
Too much exposure to the sun exposes you not only to UV-B but also UV-A which experts believe plays a strong part in photo aging the skin and causing certain types of skin cancer. Most sun screens do not adequately filter out UV-A enough to protect the skin.
Wear a hat, cap, with a large brim to protect the face. This is especially good idea when the sun is at its strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00PM. Make sure
your tops have long sleeves to protect arms. Even consider using a summer umbrella when the sun is very harsh. Your skin will thank you. And you will be thankful years from now because your skin will show much less damage many sun lovers show after constant sun exposure.
If you want the glow of a tan, try faking it with self-tanners or salon tanning treatments. Avoid tanning beds though, because although manufacturers claim that tanning beds are free of UVB rays, they still use harmful UVA rays.
Follow the summer skin care tips in this article to enjoy the sun and protect your skin all summer long.