It's that time of year where we start to peel back our layers and expose more skin as heat waves prevail and the hot sun beats down on us. When selecting your outfit each day, it is important to consider wearing clothing or sunscreen to protect you from those harmful rays. Sun damage can lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, marks, dry skin, and even skin cancer over time. While we haven't found the fountain of youth, preventing that sun damage is definitely a key factor in maintaining your healthy glow. We are always looking out for you, so here are our top 5 tips for taking care of your most precious and largest organ- your skin!
- Wear sunscreen! When selecting your sunscreen of choice, be aware that all sunscreens are not created equal. Some provide a physical barrier with a mineral composition while others provide a chemical barrier that absorbs ultraviolet rays. Concerns have peaked about what is in your sunscreen and just how effective sunscreens really are. Many sunscreens penetrate the skin and add to the chemical overload that your body is already subjected to with daily modern living. For a list of some of the best and worst sunscreens according to their chemical make up, you can check out this list. With varying degrees of effectiveness, sunscreen should be used only as one part of your approach to guarding your skin during the summer; it cannot be the only method and it isn't foolproof.
- Avoid peak sun hours. The sun is usually hottest and most damaging between the hours of 10am and 3pm. If you can get your outdoor activities done in the morning and evening and stay inside during these peak hours, you have a better chance of avoiding some of those harmful rays.
- Drink water! While this seems like more of a health tip than a sun protection tip, water is the key to keeping you hydrated. Dehydration results in dry skin, age spots and wrinkles and ultimately breaks down the healthy components of your skin. The hotter the sun, the more we sweat and the more water we lose, so be sure to drink even more water on days when you are spending lots of time outside.
- Wear protective clothing. While we don't want to layer up and increase our chance of overheating, there are lots of items you can wear that are light and can shield you from the sun. Some clothing is made with UV protection built in and you can also wear lighter weight fabrics like linen that are breathable and naturally cooling. Wear a wide brimmed hat to shade your face, as well as sunglasses to protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around them. Your hair and scalp can also be sensitive to the sun, so grab one of our scarves to tie around your head and kick up the protection as well as the style factor.
- Get your vitamins in! Increasing your intake of selenium, zinc, vitamin C and E rich foods will help shield your skin from UV rays-produced free radicals. Getting your daily doses in is a great way to improve the appearance of your skin while being proactive at the same time.