It’s beginning to look a lot like summer! And, for most Canadians, it’s a joyous time of year, as a result. Finally having put the colder winter months behind us, most of us are excited about the prospect of spending a lot more time outdoors. Of course, that means that we’ll be exposing our skin to the sun a lot more often. And with that comes some health hazards that we all must be mindful to protect ourselves from.
You know exactly what we mean. The sun’s harmful UV rays are major culprits in the skin cancer world. Too much exposure without proper protection has been known to lead to a lot more than just severe sunburn. Certainly, skin cancer is not worth the avoidance of taking the very important steps to prevent sun damage throughout the summer. In this week’s blog, we’ll point out some of the most important steps you can take.
Here are six:
1. Apply sunscreen daily. Please don’t assume that non-sunny days are ones when you can skip putting on sunscreen. It’s important to remember that the sun’s UV rays are still present. It’s also important to remember to re-apply your sunscreen every few hours or as needed. As well, be sure to use a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Simply using a sunscreen with a high SPF number may not be sufficient enough in offering complete protection.
2. Use moisturizers with SPF. Although it’s important to moisturize your skin all throughout the year, you’ll want to use a moisturizer with SPF during the summer months. Doing so helps to prevent sun spots, freckles and the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Keep in mind that, after a long summer day complete with sweating and applying a lot of sunscreen, you’ll want to bathe before bed and use a rich lotion to keep your skin hydrated at night.
3. Protect the delicate areas of your face. Often, when we apply sunscreen, we forget those nooks and crannies of our faces that end up getting sunburnt, as a result. Remember the tops of your ears and the back of your neck. Keep your eyelids and lips in mind too. For your eyes, you’ll want to make use of an eye cream as opposed to standard sunscreen which your eyes may be sensitive to. As well, use a lip balm for your lips that has SPF.
4. Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. There are bound to be days when you are in the sun for long periods of time. Attending picnics, barbeques and sporting events can have you sitting or standing in the sun for hours on end. And, as fun as these events may be, they can be damaging to your skin without regular sunscreen reapplication. Protect your head, face and eyes by wearing hats and sunglasses. They are practical must-haves for the summertime.
5. Stay hydrated. It should go without saying that you need to drink a lot of water during the hot months of summer. Not only will it keep you from getting dehydrated, but it will help your skin to remain as healthy as possible. In addition to travelling with a water bottle, bring along fresh fruit to up your intake of Vitamin C. Skin products with Vitamin C, by the way, are also great for reversing skin damage.
6. Avoid baking in the sun. We understand that this may be the hardest tip to follow. After all, throughout the cold months of the year, most Canadians look forward to sunbathing as one of their favourite summertime activities. It must be stated that tanning is dangerous, simple and plain. Not only should you ensure that you are wearing sunscreen, but you should limit your amount of sun exposure. Try to avoid lying in the sun for hours no matter how protected you think you are.
At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer both Profractional and Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation to help repair sun damaged skin. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email email@example.com.