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Summer is here and that means you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying the sun and the heat. While the sun is wonderful for lifting our spirits and getting vitamin D, it can also be very damaging to our skin if we don’t take the right precautions. Here are some tips to protect your skin from the sun’s rays during the summer.

  1. Use sunscreen: This is probably the most important advice you will receive. Be sure to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed areas of your skin. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  2. Seek shade: During peak sun hours, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., try to seek shade whenever possible. The sun is most intense during these hours and increases the risk of sunburn and long-term damage.
  3. Wear protective clothing: Opt for long-sleeved clothing, long trousers and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from the sun. You can also look for clothing with built-in sunscreen for added protection.
  4. Don’t forget your eyes and lips: Eyes and lips can also suffer from sun damage. Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and apply a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from the sun.
  5. Avoid tanning beds: Although some people think tanning beds are a way to get a safe tan, they actually increase the risk of skin cancer and skin damage. Avoid tanning beds and opt for a self-tanner or spray tan if you want to look tanned.
  6. Hydrate: The sun can dehydrate your skin, so it’s important to drink plenty of water to keep it hydrated. You can also use a moisturiser after sunbathing to help soothe and nourish your skin.
  7. Remember that protecting your skin from the sun is not only important to avoid sunburn, but also to prevent premature skin ageing and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Follow these tips and enjoy a safe and healthy summer in the sun – your skin will thank you!