After a grueling winter, summer is finally here!

summer

...and Americans across the country are trading their heavier layers for lighter wear. Whether your summer fun in the sun is a picnic, hiking, volleyball on the beach, or grilling in the backyard, it’s important to remember one outer layer in particular: your skin.

 

Here are some easy tips to help protect your skin while you embrace warm-weather activities.

1. Use sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours.

2. Also, remember to apply the sunscreen to tips of ears, part lines of the scalp, and tops of the knees and feet. These areas
often get forgotten.

3. Always wear sunglasses (with UVA/UVB ) to avoid sun’s radiation and potentially long-term damage to the eyes and the skin around them.

4. The best clothes to wear are made with tightly woven fabric and wide-brim hats for more sun protection. Best UPF clothing is above 30.

5. Do not scratch! Bug bites will take longer to heal, may heal in a dark mark, and could get infected. Here are some homemade remedies: Aloe Vera gel, rubbing alcohol and witch hazel can help relieve the itching. Preparation H (or a cortisone cream) can relieve the itch and reduce inflammation. Honey can be dabbed on the skin to prevent the bite from getting infected.

6. Skin also needs hydration. Drink water regularly, especially in the heat. Plan ahead and freeze water in reusable water bottles. As the day goes on, the ice will melt and the water will stay cold and refreshing.

Before stepping outside, be sure to follow these easy steps to help protect your skin. After all, summer months may come and go but your natural glow is available year-round.