While we may be progressing rapidly through summer, there is still plenty of it left and we have to stay alert to what that means. Our skin is always under siege in summer thanks to the higher levels of sun exposure. That’s why we spend so much of our time trying to protect our skin by applying sunscreen. This obvious solution is one of the foundations of good skincare. It isn’t all that you can do to protect your skin though. There are other steps you can take to help minimize the effects of sun exposure this summer and utilizing these alongside sunscreen should give you the protection that you need to ensure your skin is as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, not everyone is instantly acquainted with their other options. We’ve got a quick primer that should help you be aware of your other options when it comes to taking good care of your skin and protecting it from the sun this summer.
Enjoying the Shade
Avoiding sun exposure is one of the best options you have available to you even if it isn’t always practical. The love of outdoor gatherings in summer means you’ll likely be spending at least some time out in the sun, but you can try to minimize it simply by seeking shade. Try to stick near tents, awnings, and other places that shield you from direct exposure to the sun. This will help minimize your overall exposure and keep your skin a bit safer. The best thing you can do is favoring staying inside as much as possible. Remember that windows are a source of UV exposure. Don’t spend too much time in front of them unless you’ve had your windows treated to minimize the UV exposure. Keeping all of this in mind will help you protect your skin better with or without sunscreen. Admittedly, this is one of the more limiting options as it prevents you from being in particular places for long. There are even better options available to you.
Protecting your skin is relatively easy as long as you’re willing to cover it fully. Regular clothing may do a little, but it isn’t anywhere near the level of protection you’re actually looking for in clothing. Find clothing that has been specifically treated to help filter out UV rays. This kind of clothing has been treated with compounds that provide, in effect, an SPF rating to the clothing. The acronym is different, but the idea is the same. The clothing tends to be available in a variety of styles, but you do sometimes have to look for it from specialty locations as it doesn’t enjoy the widest availability. Some places will offer self-treating options that let you temporarily give your favorite look a coating of UV protection, but it is typically best to favor clothing that comes to you treated to ensure long lasting protection. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses to help cover up the sensitive skin around your eyes either. A good sun hat can help too.
Stay Hydrated and Moisturized
A major threat from sun exposure is simply the fact that your skin can dry out rapidly. Dry skin is more sensitive and thereby at a greater risk to direct UV damage. Fighting this problem requires a twofold approach. Your first goal is to ensure that you’re properly moisturizing your skin every day. Remember that you can get more out of moisturizing by doing it in the shower after you’ve turned the water off, but before you get out. This will trap the maximum amount of moisture in your skin and create a good seal. Admittedly, you’ll want to refresh your moisturizer at least once or twice during the day to help ensure your skin stays healthy. Don’t forget to regularly drink water either. Moisturizing your skin topically can help, but so is ensuring your body is adequately hydrated. Keeping both of these factors in mind will ensure your skin stays moist and resilient in the face of sun exposure even without sunscreen.
There’s plenty we can all do to help protect our skin from the sun this summer. The list doesn’t stop at sunscreen despite what many people would have you think. Protecting your skin thoroughly from the sun involves mixing and matching all of your sun protection options to keep your skin healthy, resilient, and protected. Making that effort though will help ensure your skin looks its best for years to come.