Summer is all about fun. Fun at the beach. Fun on the boardwalk. Fun having an outdoor afternoon with friends. In essence, it is about fun in the sun! With all of that extra time spent outside, you need to be aware of the extra sun exposure you are getting and take steps to protect your skin during this season.
The first line of defense in protecting your skin should always be wearing sunscreen. Sun damage builds up over time. It is important to use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation; however, you can also lessen your sun exposure by choosing sun-smart clothing and accessories.
Here are our top three picks for protecting your skin from summer sun:
- Wear shades. To best protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, always wear good quality sunglasses when you are outdoors.
- Wear a hat. A wide brim hat (not a baseball cap) is ideal because it protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. Dermatologists report that for every inch of hat brim you wear regularly, you’re reducing your risk of cancer by 10 percent. So a hat with a four-inch brim, worn regularly, could slash your skin cancer risk by 40 percent, according to skin cancer experts.
Our pick: Akira Ribbon with Raffia Trim Hat
- Cover up. Wear tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light. Try this test: Place your hand between a single layer of the clothing and a light source. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the garment offers little protection.
Our pick: UltraSofts ¾ Sleeve Boatneck Tee
Finally, to best protect your skin from sun damage, remember that these precautions work best when used together to maximize skin protection. Don’t go out in the middle of the day (an excuse for a siesta!) and use cover-ups like elegant wide-brimmed hats, thick shades, long-sleeve shirts, and stylish caftans. By modeling best practices in sun protection for yourself, you’ll also influence your family, helping to ensure they maintain healthy, non-sun damaged skin for life too.