How to Protect Your Skin This Summer
It’s important to protect your skin, especially in the summer when UV rays can cause short-term and long-term damage to your body’s largest organ. Knowing how to protect your skin can prevent skin cancer, early onset of aging, and painful sunburns. Follow these simple steps to save your skin in the summer.
Stick with Sunscreen
You should apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before spending time in the sun. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to protect against UVB rays. You need to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours — more often if you’re swimming or sweating. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that you apply sunscreen first before applying insect repellent.
Staying hydrated is not only important to your overall health — it’s vital for your skin. You need at least eight cups of water to stay hydrated. When exercising, drink water before, during, or after your workout. If you’re outside, you should drink one to two more cups of water.
If possible, stay in the shade when you’re outside. Wear a hat to protect your face from the sun. Try to wear shirts with sleeves and long pants for extra coverage. If you can’t wear covering clothes, then avoid the sun during the hottest times of the day: between noon and 3 p.m.
Know the Signs
Throughout the year, monitor your skin for signs of skin cancer. Keep checking any moles and know your “ABCDEs.” Look for asymmetry in moles. Monitor the border of moles and ensure they’re even. Watch the color. A mole should never be red. Monitor the diameter. Moles with melanoma are usually at least ¼ an inch in diameter. Watch the mole to make sure it’s not evolving. If you see any signs of the ABCDEs in moles, then see a dermatologist.