Protecting Your Skin During the Summer Months

By http://www.newlondonspecialtypharmacy.com/author/
July 21, 2014

Protecting your skin from the sun is important all year round, but the hot rays of the summer sun are a great reminder to put on some SPF! SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor”, and helps to indicate how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned. You should have SPF protection on your skin everyday, not just during the weekends at the Hamptons!

Protecting your skin from the sun is important for so many reasons. Excessive sun exposure substantially increases your risk for developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, with 2 million new cases per year. But skin cancer isn’t the only risk with increased sun exposure. It can also cause signs of premature aging, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • Thickening
  • Cracking
  • Drying
  • Spider Vessels

Applying sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect yourself against sun exposure, but selecting a sunscreen can sometimes be a challenge. A product with an SPF of at least 30 will provide you with the best protection.

Some sunscreens may indicate that they are “water resistant”. This does not mean that they will not come off when exposed to water or sweat, but it will take longer than other sunscreens. Reapplication is still necessary.

Other sunscreens will have “broad spectrum” on their label. This means that they protect against two types of UV rays (UVA and UVB) and therefore offer you more protection from the sun.

Applying sunscreen is a great way to protect yourself from the sun, but not the only one! It is also beneficial to avoid going outside during hours of peak sunlight (10am to 2pm), and wearing protective clothing such as long sleeve shirts and hats. Some clothes even come with SPF built into them.

So remember to avoid sun exposure as much as possible in order to have healthy, radiant, young-looking skin all year long!

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