Skin care is important all the time, regardless of the weather or season. However, since the UV rays in sunshine are more intense during the summer months, your skin needs more protection during the summer than the rest of the year. Most people know to use sunscreen during the summer, especially when they’re outside for long stretches of time, but summer skin care is about more than just sunscreen. Keep reading to learn how to protect your skin during the summer.
Wear Protective Clothing
Sunscreen is great for protecting your exposed skin from harmful UV rays, but protective clothing is another great option that will keep skin covered and safe. Start with the top of your body by choosing a wide-brimmed hat that will shade your head, face, and neck. Next, find a lightweight shirt—ideally long sleeved—that will protect your shoulders, chest, back, and arms. If you opt for short sleeves, remember to apply sunscreen to any exposed skin, including under edges of the sleeves, where the sun could hit from different angles. Finally, choose lightweight pants and shoes that will protect your skin without soaking up sweat, which can irritate your skin.
Most dermatologists recommend avoiding the sun between 10 AM and 2 PM, when the sun is at its hottest and UV rays are the most intense. If you still want to be outside during these times, then find some shade to relax in. Shade can take any form, from umbrellas to trees to patio or balcony awnings. As long as you’re out of direct sunlight, you can be outside during these times and still keep your skin safe.
If you’re not sure whether adding shade to your outside area with an umbrella or awning is worth the investment, keep in mind that young children and people on certain medications require extra sun protection. Adding a shaded area will make your outdoor area a safe entertaining spot for people of all ages and health needs and keep you more comfortable when you’re alone.
Check Your Skin
Lastly, protect your skin this summer by regularly checking it for any changes. If your skin develops new spots or changes to old spots such as birthmarks and moles, then something could be wrong with your skin, and you should consult a medical professional. Keep an eye on hard-to-see areas by using a mirror during self-exams. Self-exams should be a prioritized part of your skin-care routine regardless of the season, but it’s a good idea to perform extra ones during the summer months or other times when you’re outside for long stretches.
Now you know how to protect your skin during the summer by wearing protective clothing, finding shade, and performing self-exams on your skin. You should be doing these protective measures regardless of the weather or season, but UV rays are most intense during the summer, so you’ll need more protection then. If you notice any skin-care problems or have any concerns, consult a medical professional.