Summertime is almost here and the countdown for summer break is on the way. While the outdoors will certainly beckon many, always remember the first step in summertime fun is keeping skin sun safe.

As many have sunscreen on their shopping list, what’s even more important is knowing how and when to apply it for optimal protection. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it’s estimated that more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer so a quick sunscreen tutorial is vital.

While solar protection can help ward off cancer, it can also prevent premature skin damage such as:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Age spots
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Freckles
  • Solar elastosis (saggy skin, rough patches and grainy facade)

Here are some tips for healthier skin during the summer months:

Sunscreen: Purchase a water resistant sunscreen which has a broad spectrum of SPF 30 or more. Even if one doesn’t partake in water sports, sweating is still an issue so please toss a water resistant product in your shopping cart.

More Than Once A Day: Applying sunscreen is not just a once-a-day affair. It must be applied roughly 20 minutes before going outdoors. And once “fun in the sun” begins, it must be applied every couple of hours. Following a dip in the pool or ocean, it must be reapplied immediately.

Apply More Than Normal: Studies are suggesting that people are not applying enough sunscreen and being quite frugal. On average, one ounce of sunscreen provides good solar protection.

The Neglected Areas: While applying and reapplying don’t overlook areas such as the back of legs, tops of feet and hands, and receding hairlines.

Summertime Drives: It’s a myth thinking one is protected from the sun’s rays while in the car. While one is protected from UVB light, they will succumb to UVA light.

Remaining “sun safe” will encourage healthier and younger looking skin. Here’s to a fun, healthy and memorable summer season!

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