9 Tips to Protect Your Skin This Summer

1. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Seek shade or use protective clothing and sunscreen during the most intense sun hours to prevent sunburn.

2. Use sunscreen when outdoors

Choose sunscreen with at least SPF 30, apply even on cloudy days, reapply every two hours, and check expiration date.

3. Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection

Protective sunglasses prevent damage to skin around eyes and cataracts.

4. Don the right head gear

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing can help shield your face, ears, neck, and other exposed areas from sun damage.

5. Be aware of medications 

Certain medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight, including antibiotics, antihistamines, and some diabetic medications.

6. Protect youngsters 

Protect infants under six months with clothing and shade, while children over six months should wear sunscreen when outside.

7. Perform regular skin checks

Regularly monitor moles, freckles, birthmarks, and any new skin changes using a mirror, and consider having skin evaluations by a health care provider or dermatologist.

8. Avoid the use of tanning beds

Tanning beds increase the risk of skin cancer and there is no evidence that they decrease the risk of sunburn. They also increase the chance of developing cataracts and ocular melanoma.

9. Make healthy lifestyle choices

To maintain healthy skin, avoid smoking, use mild soaps and moisturizers, eat a healthy diet, reduce stress, and get enough sleep.