It's understandable: basking in the sun is one of the best parts about Summer. But putting yourself at risk for skin cancer and premature aging is not quite as relaxing. Whether you're heading to the pool or beach over the next few weeks or chilling on your back lawn, get a few key tips on the right way to enjoy the heat without risking your skin's health.
If you're going to lie out, do . . .
- Apply broad-spectrum sun cream with SPF 30+ about 30 minutes before you go out because it takes time for the active ingredients to take effect.
- Set a timer on your phone to reapply sun cream every two hours (or 40 to 80 minutes if you're swimming, depending on your product's labeling).
- Take a floppy hat and sunglasses that will protect your face and neck. Opt for a long-sleeved cover-up to get even more defense from harmful UV rays.
- Bring an umbrella. While it might seem obvious, the more time you can spend under the shade, the less likely you'll be to get burned or dehydrated.
- Limit your time in the sun. If you have fair skin and go out without sun cream, then you could get a sunburn in 30 minutes or less. For darker skin tones, the unprotected time limit could reach up to an hour. To be on the safe side, keep the sun cream on hand.
If you're going to lie out, don't . . .
- Overload on liquor or sweet snacks. Sugary drinks and alcohol can aide in dehydration. When you plan to spend hours in the sand, it's better to stick to water.
- Head outdoors when the sun is at its highest intensity, which ranges from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Forget to apply protection to the areas that are easily forgotten: upper ears, hairline, your hair part, underarms, tops of feet, eyelids, and under straps.
- Slather on baby oil. Enough said.