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Outoor Life: Protecting Your Skin From Too Much Sun Exposure

Being mindful of the harmful effects of the sun’s damaging UV rays during every season is important for protecting your skin and keeping it healthy. Even in winter, our skin is susceptible to harmful rays. So remember these helpful tips and you will stay sun safe all year!

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1. Sunscreen: It may seem obvious but many of us forget that sunscreen is necessary year round. Using a facial moisturizer with SPF should be a consistent part of your daily morning routine. Don’t forget areas like your neck and ears. Reapply often!

2. Cover Up: It’s not always easy, especially during warmer month, but covering up is a simple way to keep your skin protected. During the summer you can wear long sleeved shirts and pants, as well as, brimmed hats that keep your face shaded. It is also important not to forget your feet. The tops of our feet are often ignored and can become easily burned whether at the beach or just walking around town. If sneakers just don’t compliment your chic ensemble, remember to slather up your feet and keep them safe from burns and tan lines. Otherwise, you need to invest on a pair of good shoes. During colder months, when it is easier to cover up, it is important to continue to use sunscreen on any exposed skin.

3. Reduce Exposure Time: If you don’t have to go outside, be wise about the amount of time you spend outdoors and during what part of the day you will be out longest. Limiting the time you spend outdoors during the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm according to www.skincancer.org can help reduce the amount of damaging UV rays your skin is exposed to. If you do find yourself outside during peak exposure times, remember to cover up and use sunscreen. When possible, try and stay in the shade as much as much as you can. If you are having a picnic, choose a park with lots trees that will keep you shaded and cool.

Our skin is the largest organ of the human body. It’s important we take good care of it so that we can continue to enjoy many more beautiful sunny days.

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