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Keeping Your Skin Summer Fit

The skin is the largest organ in the body and ironically, it is the most overlooked.

The depleting ozone layer already has us worried about climate change and other adverse effects on the environment, that we forget its effect on our skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body and ironically, it is the most overlooked. 

Each year we eagerly wait for summer, with its clear skies and warmth - everything seemingly looks more beautiful. We tend to plan our travels for this time because there are usually no weather disruptions, the kids are on holiday from school, and, generally, it is a good time to sit with family at the beach, watch the ocean waves, and have as much fun as possible.

However, as much as the weather is usually always sunny and perfect for travelling, you need to consider the effect of the sun on your skin. The sun is usually more intense during this season and you need to know how to take care of your skin while you go about your activities during the summer. Let’s dive into it!

Sun Prevention and Protection

It is ironic to think of sun prevention. How on earth do you prevent the sun when it is everywhere? Well, if you cannot prevent the sun from shining, you can at least protect yourself from the UV radiation that comes with it. So, how can I protect myself from the sun, you ask?

  • Clothing: Your clothing determines how much of the sun’s rays get to you. It is advisable to wear long-sleeve clothing that covers most parts of your body to prevent them from sunburns. The clothing shouldn’t be very heavy either; Summer comes with warmth and heat, so it’s best not to dress heavily, therefore avoiding becoming over-heated. Wear light, long-sleeve clothing.
  • Shade: This is especially important if you plan to go out during the summer. Use an umbrella when you are in large open spaces. Make sure to seek shaded places to relax when outdoors, especially between 10 am and 4 pm; these periods are when the sun’s rays are the most intense and when you are most likely to suffer from sunburn.
  • Hat: To up your fashion game during the summer, hats can serve as your fashion friend and your protector from the sun. Hats help to protect your face from the sun, too.
  • Sunscreen: You were probably expecting this to be the first on the list. Sunscreens are handy and they should be within reach at all time. Sunscreens have Sun Protection Factor (SPF) written on the packs, which tell you how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin when using a particular sunscreen compared with the amount of time without sunscreen. It is advisable to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours.
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are fashionable during summer; you can get one that fits perfectly with your outfits. As much as you want to look fashionable, don’t forget the essence of the glasses. They are to protect your eyes and the skin around your face from the sun rays. Ensure that you have a pair that protects your face properly.

Importance of Mole Checking and Protection

Moles are breakouts that occur on the skin as a result of sun exposure, pregnancy, and so on. Moles may be black, brown, reddish-brown, etc. They are usually more evident in light-skinned people.

Moles can be seen on different individuals at different ages, even in babies. It is important to check for moles so that they can be treated early on before they degenerate. Moles can change in shape and size, so early detection goes a long way in preventing malignant mole growth. 

Due to the different shapes and sizes, when moles are detected, it is advisable to see a doctor who can ascertain the type of mole you have. Some moles can be cancerous, so you will want to make sure that these are detected as soon as possible. Moles can also be genetic, and with constant sun exposure, you are at a higher risk of having moles.

It is not possible to change your genetics, but you can prevent yourself from being exposed to the sun – a major factor that promotes moles.

  • Use sunglasses.
  • Wear hats that cover your upper body well.
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing.
  • Apply sunscreens frequently.
  • Try to avoid direct sunlight.

Protection from the sun is not only for people with sensitive skin but for everyone. You should protect your skin like you would take care of other sensitive parts of your body. If you are prone to sunburn, make sure to follow the safety tips above. Protect children and infants from sun exposure; allow them to play under shade or when the sun’s intensity is relatively low.

Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

  • Do not look directly into the sun.
  • Do not use heavy makeup without SPF. Makeup already covers your face, so using heavy makeup in the sun can cause you to sweat, smearing your makeup and ultimately causing your face to burn.
  • Always seek the shade.
  • Apply sunscreen frequently.
  • Give up the Vitamin D excuse. You probably remind yourself of the sun’s vitamin D benefits every now and then, but with the increasing intensity of the sun’s rays on earth, it is better to seek vitamin D in other places, asides from the sun.
  • Wear long, protective clothing.
  • Know your skin. Check for moles frequently.
  • Ultimately, reduce your sun time.

The Bottom Line

As much as you would like to dress light, holiday on the beach, and enjoy nature’s breeze, you should also remember your skin. Your skin is as important as any other part of your body and you must be intentional about keeping it healthy.

The points discussed above should help you with how to care for your skin and protect it from the sun during the summer, as well as throughout the year. If you notice changes in your skin, see a doctor and make sure to follow the doctor’s advice. 

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