Since summer is officially here, we thought it would be timely to provide you all with some potentially life-saving pointers in the way of sun protection and preventative measures. It may be information you’ve heard before, but it really can’t be overstated. By following good sun protection practices, you’ll reduce your skin cancer risk and dramatically stave off visible signs of aging like brown spots and wrinkles. Here are 7 tips for you:
1. Wear sunscreen every single day.
Yes, even on days when you don’t see the sun.
2. Outside? Follow the 2-hour rule.
Feel free to have fun in the sun, just commit to reapplying your SPF product every two hours. And keep in mind that the sun’s rays are the most damaging between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
EXPERT TIP: Powder sunscreens are equally effective—and they’re so much easier to apply! Watch the video below to learn how to apply powder sunscreen the right way.
3. Eliminate the words “healthy tan” from your vocabulary.
Why? Because no such thing exists—unless, of course, you’re talking about a faux tan.
4, Get a full-body scan once a year.
And don’t let the cost of this preventative measure deter you. You can locate a clinic that offers this service for free here.
5. Treat yourself to a cute wide-brimmed hat.
They’re really fashion-forward right now and great for everyday activities that involve the sun.
6. Invest in antioxidants.
Your skin can better defend itself against the sun with a little help from daily use of a topical vitamin C product. Bonus: The vitamin C will help fade existing dark spots. Ask any doctor, esthetician or beauty editor you can find, and they’d likely agree that SkinCeuticals makes the best antioxidant serums around. Both C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF are fantastic. Whatever you choose, put it on after you cleanse and before you use moisturizer. Make sure your SPF is the last thing you put on before your makeup, and give it ample time to absorb.
7. Eat some pasta!
Pasta with any kind of cooked tomatoes, that is. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help your body defend itself against cancers like melanoma. And it just so happens that the lycopene is more easily absorbed when you’re getting it from tomatoes that have been cooked versus tomatoes that are raw.
READERS—Are you going somewhere fun this weekend? Do you have other sun protection tips you want to share? Tell us in the comments section below.