10 Ways To Protect Your Skin

Summer is the season of the year when there are more chances of exposing ourselves to sunburns. Did you know that the sun is most intense between the hours of 10am and 3pm? As stated by dermatologists some of the long term side effects from sunburns are skin damage and skin cancer.  Since we’re in the summer season,  I’m sure most of you are planning to go  to the beach, swimming pool, park, camping or any other outdoor place.  Here are the top ten ways you can follow to protect your skin from the sun.

1.Sunblocks products are very important to skin health. It’s important to wear sunblock daily since we are always expose to the sun as soon as we  go outside. Neutrogena sunblock provides you with a broad spectrum to  protect your skin without irritating chemicals.

2.Oftentimes we forget to protect our lips from the sun. Lips are also exposed to cancer if not protected. Use lip balm with sunscreen  to protect your lips from burning.

3.Try to stay away from the sun between the hours of 10am to 4pm. Like mentioned above, these are the hours when the sun is at its hottest.

4.Cover up. Use hats, protective clothing, and UV protective sunglasses as barriers to protect you from the sunlight. Protective clothing can include long sleeves,  tightly woven fabric, and long skirts/shorts.

5.If you are going to be on the beach for long hours, try to be under the shade as much as possible. You can bring with you a beach umbrella!

6.Green tea can help block the sun whether you drink it or apply it directly to the skin.  Whenever you are going out for some sun, mix up green tea in a spray bottle and before you go outside spray it on your face or body.

7.If you are going swimming try to swim early morning or after 5pm. These are the hours when the sun is not as hot and you can prevent from getting sunburns.

8.Protect your facial skin from premature aging with products that contain SPF, the higher the number the better. Some of these products include creams, lotions, to make up foundations. A few products that are adding  SPF are Aveeno, Neutrogena,  Nivea, and Jergens.

9.The use of suntan products does not protect you from the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Suntans have an ingredient called DHA which is  a bad chemical absorbed through the skin. When using suntan you still need to use a sunscreen for protection.

10.Supplement yourself daily with any of these ingredients: vitamin E, bilberry, or astaxanthin  before exposed to the sun. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals produced by the skin in response to sun exposure. Also drink a lot of water to stay hydrated!

I hope these tips will help you keep a healthier skin for this summer!

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~ by `rey on April 22, 2010.

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