5 Tips To Keep Your Skin at the Peak of Health This Summer

There’s no denying the importance of slathering on sunscreen when you’re at the pool or beach, but that’s just one facet of good skincare in the summer. There are many things you can do to keep your skin healthy during the warmer summer months.  

As a skilled dermatologist, Dr. James Petrin knows that protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is important. Not only does a bad sunburn hurt, it can also increase your risk of skin cancer. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you promote healthy skin all summer long. 

Why summer skincare matters

Too much sun exposure can impact your skin in many ways, including:

In addition to photodamage from the sun, too much UV exposure can cause other problems. The American Cancer Society warns that UV rays can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Thankfully, you can prevent severe damage, keeping your skin healthy with the following tips. 

1. Wear sunscreen

Hands down, this is the most important thing you can do for your skin all summer — and any time of year. Sunscreen shields your skin from harmful UV rays, reducing both the risk of photodamage (sun damage) and skin cancer. When it comes to applying sunscreen, keep these tips in mind:

These tips apply for children, too. Adults should oversee sunscreen application to make sure kids are fully protected.

2. Choose clothing wisely

Dress for the occasion. Many types of beach attire — such as bodysuits and swimsuits — are made with SPF materials that help protect your skin even if you’re outside. In addition to choosing clothes with built-in SPF, consider wearing long-sleeve shirts or pants for extended outings outside.

3. Wear a hat

Hats are useful for shielding bright sunny rays from your eyes, but a wide-brimmed hat also protects the skin on your ears, the back of your neck, and your face. Wear a hat when you plan to be outside for prolonged periods, such as gardening, walking on a trail, or attending a sporting event.

4. Avoid the sun at peak hours

The sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm, so avoid sun exposure during this time. While that’s not always possible, you can still take steps to protect your skin. Seek shade under a tree or even an umbrella, wear long sleeves, put on a hat, and stay diligent with your sunscreen.

5. Double-check your medications 

Some medications may cause photosensitivity, meaning they may make you more sensitive to the sun’s rays. If your medication causes photosensitivity, avoid sun exposure. If you’re unsure, consult with your pharmacist for more details.

Your skin is your largest organ, and here at Petrin Dermatology, it’s our mission to help keep your skin in peak health. We’re happy to see patients via telehealth while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

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