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How to Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and although it is important to protect your skin all year long, in summer one should be especially vigilant. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and with these few tips you can still have fun in the sun and stay safe as well.

Wear Sunscreen

This may seem like a no-brainer, but sunscreen is a very important addition to your daily routine. Even if you are not planning on spending all day at the beach, wearing sunscreen regularly is imperative. However, if you are planning on clocking more than a few hours in the sunshine, sunblock is your best bet. While sunscreen simply “screens” your skin from sun exposure, sunblock is a better option to actually “block” the rays. Do not forget to apply fifteen minutes before your outing, and reapply every four hours after that. Of course if you are spending ample time in the water, you will need to up the amount.

Do Not Forget the Eyes and Lips

Two of the most sensitive areas on your body can often go overlooked. Apply lip balm with an SPF to keep that pout from dying out or burning up. As for your eyes, apply a gentle facial sunscreen around those peepers and try to keep your sunglasses handy. Too much expose will not only lead to unsightly wrinkles, but skin problems down the road as well.

Wear Sensible Clothing

Although you covet that beachy glow and want to show it off, after spending a few hours in the bright summer sun it is a good idea to cover up. Remember that your head and feet can burn easily, so hats and closed sandals are good options to staying protected.

Opt for a Spray Tan

Ditching those harmful UV rays for a spray tan is a great way to get that summer glow without the risk of sun exposure. Simply hop on in the booth and let the nozzle do the work. It only takes a few minutes, and you will see results quickly, making this an optimal choice for those looking for instant gratification. They are much safer than clocking in hours by the pool, and can even be done during the cold winter months.

Stay Hydrated

Drink up! Often times the excitement of playing by the pool can have many of us forgetting to rehydrate ourselves. At the least this will lead to dry skin, and at the worst it could lead to heatstroke. Grab a refillable bottle and keep the alcoholic beverages to a minimum, they will dehydrate you much faster.

Examine Your Skin

If you notice a mole or spot that was not on your body before, it may be time to head to the doctor. Do not take any new skin issues lightly, as catching something early on may just save your life. Checking your body every so often in the shower is a simple way to stay on top of your skin’s health.

 

Pureskin aesthetic salon, a boutique studio located in Salinas, CA,  specializes in corrective facial skin care, anti-aging, and bridal makeup application. Amy Amaral, a highly sought after licensed esthetician and professional makeup artist, has helped hundreds of women experience total skin transformation.