Still excited to get yourself a tan? Well, before you do, see what Hillary Fogelson has to say about gorgeously tanned skin and the sun, “I will never choose between UV protection and beauty again”. Be safe, not sorry. She is a writer married to a Hollywood film executive and melanoma survivor. Melanoma and skin cancers are for real, and these life-threatening diseases can be prevented simply by practicing smart sun care.
Sensible Sun Time
What you must know is that melanoma and other skin cancers continue to rise steeply since the recorded levels in the 1970s. Melanoma happens to be one type of cancer that’s hard to contain and treat. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting Americans today. Prevent skin diseases and other summer skin problems with these 10 simple tips to keep your skin beautiful and healthy:
1. Practice smart sun time.
The sun can potentially cause a lot of trouble when you expose your skin too long but, if you absolutely stay away from it, you will be missing all the benefits of sunshine. That includes brain health, bone development, increased cell energy, more efficient metabolism, and, believe it or not, beautiful skin.
Catch your early morning sunlight for no more than 15 minutes. Beyond that, apply your sunscreen. At midday, stay in the shade. Don’t ever think that using sunscreen alone, even when you apply it generously and frequently throughout the day, will be enough to provide you the sun protection that you need. There is no sunscreen you can buy that can give you 100 per cent, broad spectrum protection. Think about reinforcements: add in antioxidants in your lotions and food, put on your shades, top your head with a hat, and enjoy the sun with more clothing on for cover.
2. Beware of possible photosensitivities.
That is an allergic condition that occurs as a result of UV reacting with substances in your body that you’ve probably applied topically, eaten or, taken as medication. Some examples include retinol-containing creams and antibiotics. If you are contemplating on taking supplements for skin lightening, check testimonials, like an Ivory caps review, to see if people have experienced this side effect.
3. Keep on your basic three-step daily routine: cleanse, tone and moisturize.
It remains constant throughout every season but, make sure that your products complement the prevailing climate and your skin conditions. Summer days generally call for lightweight and oil-free moisturizers and cleansers and toners that contain a small dose of alpha or beta hydroxy acids to get the stickiness and grime off of your skin with every wash and sweep.
4. Keep your skin dry and clean.
Bacteria thrive in moist environments. These opportunists love it when you sweat and when you leave your wet swimwear to dry on your skin. Prevent skin problems by showering off after every dip, toweling dry, and changing into dry clothes as soon as you step onto the shore.
5. Manage excessive sweating.
Change often and shower throughout the day if you must. If you find yourself sweating too much move to a cooler environment, change to cooler clothes, and if you notice it’s chronic, you can even get medical intervention for surgery to lessen profuse sweating.
6. Spend intensely hot middays indoors.
Cool off your body and skin by staying in cooler environments where you have control over the temp. Set the thermostat at just the right temp so as not to dry out your skin.
7. Get hydrating treatments.
If you’d rather DIY, feel free to do so. Simply dice and blend avocados, papayas or cucumbers and combine with a powerful humectant like glycerin or honey. Apply and leave on skin for 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
8. Wear fewer products on your skin. Let your skin breathe and save it from the sticky grime that results from melted products mixed with sweat and grease. Go on no makeup days more often.
9. Wear appropriate clothing. It’s one of the best ways to stay cool. While you’re at it, it won’t hurt to make sure you’re being stylish.
10. Hydrate. Drink up your water and fresh juices throughout the day. A body that’s well hydrated makes for a well-moisturized skin.
Stay smart with your skin care this summer and there shouldn’t be any reason why you should get a tan, a blister or a rash.