The warm sun is a welcome change in anyone’s day after a cold and dull winter. Summertime for many means barbecues and outdoor events. Though the sun can be the season’s highlight, leaving your skin unprotected can take the excitement away. Dealing with sunburn or permanent damage such as dark spots is not the way anyone wants to begin or end the warm months. To help keep your summer fun and stress-free, here are six ways to protect your skin from the sun. 

Sunscreen

Sunscreen should always be applied before going out in the sun. If you’re outdoors for any length of time, reapply every two hours. Too much sun exposure can increase your chances of skin cancer or cause photoaging in the form of wrinkles or texture changes. Look for products with an SPF between 30 to 50. Use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to reflect both UVA and UVB radiation, protecting your skin from damage caused by sunlight. Do not forget about your lips and feet. Remember to wear a lip balm with SPF under your lipstick and apply sunscreen to your feet if you plan to wear open-toed shoes.  

Keep Your Skin Covered 

Summer fashion trends often include short sleeves, but your skin should never be exposed to direct sun if you can avoid it. If you’re going to be sitting out in the sun all day, try wearing light and breathable clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt or loose fabrics. This extra layer will help prevent damage to your skin. You could also try wearing a hat or sunglasses that will protect your eyes while keeping your skin cool.

Remain Hydrated

Your skin needs water to stay healthy. Water helps your body produce collagen, elastin, and other proteins that keep your skin healthy and supple. To keep your skin hydrated, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid sodas and other similar beverages because they contain high amounts of sugar and artificial additives. Instead, drink water with lemon juice to add an extra boost of Vitamin C. 

Avoid Walking in the Sun Mid-day

When possible, avoid walking in the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. This is when UV rays are at their peak and therefore the strongest. If you plan to be outdoors during this time, try to remain in the shade. 

Summertime Facials

A facial is a great way to keep your skin looking healthy and protected. After washing your face at night, apply a hydrating mask to nourish your skin. Here at the Ottawa Skin Clinic, we offer HydraFacial MD to help keep your skin hydrated, remove signs of aging, and typically provide instantly noticeable results in most cases. 

Create a Skincare Routine Based on Your Needs

Knowing that it is the largest organ in your body, your skin needs a specialized care routine as well as for you to follow best practices. Focus on eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and sleeping well. As for your skincare routine, use a toner to help close pores, focusing on the T-zone as many sebaceous glands are found there. Apply a moisturizer that contains antioxidant ingredients, such as Vitamin A and C or SPF. Professional advice is always a great idea when you are looking for tips on your skincare routine.

Summer is a time to enjoy outdoor events with family and friends. Don’t let it go to waste with poor skin protection. Our technicians are here to help you find treatments, products, and a routine ideally suited for your complexion. Shop from our line of sunscreens and skin care products, or book an appointment with our specialists to learn more.