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Summer Skin Care Tips

July 8, 2022 Pegalis Law Group
Skin Care, Senior Women, Sunny, Beach, Summer

Summer Skin Care Tips in Honor of National UV Safety Month

As the weather gets warmer and backyard barbecue invites pile up, the siren call of being outdoors becomes louder and clearer. In honor of July being National UV Safety Month, Pegalis Law Group, LLC is taking a closer look at how you can protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays this summer. Early detection and treatment are essential for excellent skin at every stage of life, so get those annual skin checks from your dermatologist. Following the advice of trusted dermatologists is in your best interest to prevent sunburns, melanoma, and skin cancers affecting people as they age. Heed this helpful advice for the entire family!

Cover Up & Don’t Forget the Sunscreen – Even When It’s Cloudy

One of the best ways to protect your skin this summer is to cover up with protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection. Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on all exposed areas of skin (including your hands, feet, ears, lips, and face) is also essential. SPF stands for sun protection factor and gives you an estimate on how long the sunscreen should protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most sunscreens only protect you from UVB rays, which can cause sunburn on the outer layer of skin called the epidermis. However, the sun also emits UVA rays, which can penetrate deeper into your skin’s dermis layer, damaging your skin cells.

For superior protection, consider a sunscreen with an SPF of 100, which is said to block 99% of UVB rays (compared to an SPF of 30 blocking 97%). Even on cloudy days or days when you’re not outdoors very long, it’s critical to wear your sunscreen. Even though a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 should protect you for up to 15 hours, mathematically speaking, it’s recommended that you reapply it every two hours because it often sweats or washes off in the water. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you when it’s time to reapply your sunscreen, especially on long, lazy days spent lounging at the pool or the beach. And don’t forget to check your sunscreen’s expiration date to ensure it’s offering maximum protection!

Use a Daily Facial Moisturizer & Lip Balm With SPF Protection

While most people think about following a skin care routine during the winter, it’s important to follow one year-round. Keeping yourself hydrated in the summer heat is good for your overall health. However, summer humidity can also wreak havoc on your skin’s hydration. Dermatologists typically recommend switching to a gentle, foaming facial moisturizer for the summer. Dual-purpose moisturizers have a built-in sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to protect your face from sunburn. Using a dual-purpose moisturizer can also help prevent summer breakouts caused by acne and clogged pores. Lip balms are also available with SPF protection to avoid chapped and sunburned lips. Many beauty experts also suggest using a vitamin C serum during the summertime to help you improve skin collagen production and prevent facial wrinkles and fine lines.

Follow Professional Recommendations for Sunburn Care

While you might think of sunburn as a temporary discomfort, be aware that sunburn damage to your skin is permanent. Sunburns double your chances of developing melanoma or skin cancers when you’re older. As such, it’s important to follow professional recommendations for sunburn care. Third-degree sunburns may require immediate medical attention to avoid infections and other complications.

Dedicated to Public Safety and Awareness for Nearly 50 Years

Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York-based personal injury and medical malpractice law firm. For nearly 50 years, we’ve been committed to creating public awareness about various issues affecting patient healthcare and safety. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional insights to remain proactive about your family’s safety and well-being this summer and beyond.