Being outdoors is by far one of the best parts of summer time, however it doesn’t come without risk, especially when it comes to skin health. Taking a few simple steps to care for your skin is always important and especially so during the long days of summer.
1. Wear Sunscreen. Whether the skies are sunny or overcast, everyone should wear sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and that protects against ultraviolet light and UVB rays, the sun’s most damaging forms. Apply the sunscreen 20 minutes before heading out the door to ensure it’s absorbed into the skin. If you’re planning to be outdoors two hours or longer, bring a small travel size sunscreen to reapply. Besides protecting your skin from sunburn, wearing sunscreen regularly reduces skin aging.
2. Dress for the Sun. Certain technical fabrics are designed and labeled as “sun protective.” Also, even though lighter-colored fabric might feel cooler, darker fabrics shield more ultraviolet rays.
3. Cover Vulnerable Spots. The most vulnerable body parts to the sun’s rays are the ears, lips, shoulders, and top of the head. These areas have a higher incidence of skin cancer. To avoid extra damage and sunburn, apply sunscreen liberally to these areas. Also, try wearing a hat or visor to block the sun. Besides protecting your skin, the hat will keep your head cool on hot summer runs.
4. Eat Vitamin D. Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin,” has many important functions, including promoting bone health. But it’s better to eat it than to absorb it. Vitamin D can be found in fish, oysters, tofu and soy milk, fortified dairy products, eggs, and other foods.
5. Stay Hydrated, Use George’s Cream. Be sure to stay hydrated. Hydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water and using George’s Cream moisturizers daily.