Summer in Coastal Virginia is filled with gorgeous, sunny and bright days, perfect for spending on the water, beside the pool, on the trails or at the park. We're surrounded by so many different ways to get out and soak up glorious Vitamin D, and that's why it is even more important to take preventative measures to keep your skin protected and healthy, all season long.
While the sun's UV rays may feel delightful after a long summer spent indoors, they can become harmful and dangerous if you don't take proper precautions. It's now estimated that approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, making it essential that you take great care of the skin you're in.
This summer, ensure that your skin remains protected, healthy and happy, and use these 5 tips to help you avoid the harmful effects of too much sun exposure. Your skin will thank you for years to come!
When you're outdoors swimming, biking, running or just being active, the best way to keep your skin covered is to literally cover it in a broad spectrum sunscreen of your choice. Sunscreen works best when applied 15-30 minutes before you head outdoors, and if you swim or sweat, you should reapply every 2 hours. Choose an SPF of 15 or higher, and be mindful of your skin sensitivity. Some sunscreens can be harmful to those with extra sensitive skin, and mineral-based products that are designed for sensitive skin types tend to be the most gentle. Apply on sunny days and on gray and cloudy days, since the sun's rays are powerful enough to penetrate through cloud cover.
Whenever possible, keep as much of your skin covered as possible when you head outdoors for extended periods of time. Wearing UV protectant shirts, pants and even longer sleeves can help you to stay safe from the sun's rays. We know that hot days can make it impossible to stay covered up, but aim to wear a UV protected t shirt whenever possible, and keep your shoulders and upper body covered and cared for.
Sunglasses & Hats
The sun can be harmful to your skin, scalp and eyes, so keep them all covered with a hat and sunglasses. Wearing a sun hat and sunglasses will ensure that your scalp, forehead and eyes are protected, but it won't keep the rest of your face and neck completely covered. Make sure to supplement sunglasses and hats with sunscreen, whenever necessary.
If you'd had a lot of sun exposure recently or even suffered an accidental sunburn, choose to stay indoors during the sun's most powerful hours. Between 10 am and 4 pm, the sun's rays can wreak the most havoc on your skin, so choose to walk the dog, take a jog or enjoy fresh air before or after those hours.
We know this one might seem obvious, but the more water you drink, the better off your skin will look and feel-especially when spending any period of time outdoors. Replenish any water your body has lost from sweating or excessive sun exposure by aiming to drink 8 glasses of water a day. If you plan to be outdoors for long periods of time, bring a container of cold water with you, and drink frequently throughout the day to prevent harmful dehydration.