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Proper Skincare in the Summer

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Proper Skincare in the Summer

July is UV Safety Month. As the first full month of summer, it’s the perfect time to raise awareness of protecting ourselves from harmful UV rays and prioritize healthy skin. There’s more to it than just slathering on sunscreen on sunny days. Here are some tips on protecting your skin with proper skincare this summer.

The Importance of Sunscreen

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Additionally, having five or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine, especially during the summer months. The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can damage the skin and lead to premature aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. There are two types of UV rays to be aware of: UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and contribute to aging and long-term skin damage, while UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburn.

Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) can help protect against both types of UV rays. It's essential to apply sunscreen every day, even when you're not planning to spend much time outside. UV rays can penetrate windows and affect your skin even indoors.

When to Apply Sunscreen

It's a common misconception that sunscreen is only necessary on sunny days. However, up to 80% of the sun's UV rays can penetrate through clouds, so it's important to wear sunscreen even on overcast days. Moreover, UV rays are strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM, so extra caution should be taken during these hours. If you're planning to be near water, sand, or snow, remember that these surfaces can reflect UV rays and increase your exposure.

Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

Tips for Keeping Skin Healthy

Beyond sunscreen, there are several other steps you can take to keep your skin healthy during the summer:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps maintain your skin's elasticity and keeps it hydrated from the inside out.
  • Moisturize: Use a lightweight moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Even oilier skin types need moisture to balance oil production.
  • Wear Protective Clothing: Opt for long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses to shield your skin from direct sunlight. Opt for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection.
  • Seek Shade: Whenever possible, stay in the shade, especially during peak UV radiation hours.
  • Use Antioxidants: Incorporate products with antioxidants like vitamin C into your skincare routine. Include plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet, such as berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and carrots. These nutrients can help repair and protect your skin cells, adding an extra layer of defense against sun damage.
  • Regular Skin Checks: Regularly examining your skin for any changes or abnormalities is crucial for early detection of skin cancer. Look for new moles or growths, changes in existing moles, or any spots that itch, bleed, or don't heal properly. If you notice anything unusual, consult a dermatologist immediately. Annual skin checks by a professional can catch potential issues before they become serious.

Summer Healthcare in Antelope Valley

With proper skincare, you can safeguard your health year-round and for years to come. At Antelope Valley Medical Center, we understand the importance of keeping your skin healthy. Our dedicated care team works hard to provide you with the services you need.

Learn more about ourservices or call your primary care physician to schedule an appointment.