Now that summer is fully upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how to protect your skin from the sun’s rays and intense heat. While sun protection should be practiced year-round, it is important to pay special attention to your sun exposure during the summer months.
Stay hydrated: One of the most important steps you can take to protect your skin’s health is to stay hydrated. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will ensure that your skin has the moisture it needs to absorb sunscreen products and repair itself from daily wear and damage from the sun’s rays and heat.
Wear sunscreen: Again, important for year round use, but sunscreen should be worn diligently during the summer. Consider buying a product for your face as well as one for your body, as some sunscreen products contain oils not formulated for use on your face. This is especially true for patients with sensitive skin. Additionally be sure to purchase sunscreen products that protect against both UVA and UVB rays, as both can be incredibly dangerous.
Cover up: This may not be the advice you’d expect for summer activities, however it is important to remember that sun protection is necessary for areas like your scalp, ears and neck as well. Wear brimmed hats when at the beach or spending extended time outdoors to avoid a nasty scalp sunburn. When gardening or during other messy outdoor activities consider long sleeves to protect your arms and shoulders from direct sun.
Visit your dermatologist: Prior to entering the bustle of summer activities it is advisable to visit the dermatologist for a complete physical examination. Dr. Hruza can recommend professional grade products to protect your skin as well as identify any moles, lesions or other areas to watch or specifically protect from the sun.