While these sunny, summer days might make you feel carefree, you shouldn't entirely throw caution to the wind. Your healthy—particularly your skin health—is important to keep tack of in the summer months.
Even when the sun's behind the clouds, your skin can still be damaged by its harsh rays. Keeping in mind that it doesn’t need to be scorching hot out in order to get a bit rosy, be sure to take measures to protect your skin, whether under sun or cloud. Here are 5 ways to save your skin from sun damage, regardless of the temperature.
1. Wear Sunscreen
Duh! Number one for preventing skin damage from the sun is to wear a daily SPF, which protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. A facial moisturizer with an SPF 15, though a good place to start, might not be bringing you enough protection depending on how long you spend in the sun. It’s been recommended by professionals to wear an SPF 30. Considering upping that number for your body if you're spending the day lounging on the beach too.
2. Eat Foods that Boost Your Natural SPF
We’ve all heard of particular superfoods that offer skin-enhancing properties, but did you know that certain foods assist in boosting your skin’s natural protection from the sun? A recent study shows that one of these foods proven to boost your natural SPF is tomatoes—particularly tomato paste. Other foods that lessen your chances of sunburn include green tea, fatty fish, dark chocolate, pomegranate and watermelon.
3. Monitor Your Moles on the Regular
The best way to prevent the most severe sun-related skin problem (skin cancer) is to keep a watch on your moles and catch any problems in the earliest stages. While most moles are harmless, it’s important to keep a watch on moles that change color, size, or shape, particularly if part or all the mole turns black or red. If a mole is painful, itches, burns, bleeds, or appears after the age of 30, point it out to your doctor. And don't be afraid to get a referral to a specialist. Dermatologists are there for a reason.
4. Wear a Hat to Shade Your Face
Wearing wide-brimmed hat in the sun isn’t just a fashion statement: it’s a simple way to keep your face out of the harmful rays of the sun. Not only does this prevent a nasty sunburn, it also keeps you looking and feeling youthful longer!
5. Wear UV-Rated Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes
The thin, delicate skin around your eyes is some of the most sensitive skin on your body—and one of the most common for showing signs of aging and sun damage. Wear sunglasses labeled to block 99% of UV rays to help prevent skin damage to these crucial, all-telling areas.
Being carefree in the summer is a fabulous way to be—but taking care of your health is even more fabulous. Get out there and enjoy the sun in a totally wrinkle-free and safe way. You'll thank us in 10 years.