As you gear up for a summer at the beach, there are a few things to keep in mind. While that golden tan looks great now, the repercussions are far greater than that bronze that so many of us strive for. According to skincancer.org “More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.” Year by year skin cancer rates are increasing due to the population not truly understanding how to protect themselves and their loved ones from the harmful ultraviolet rays. With this being said, our team wants to inform our community of all the up to date tips and studies to assure that you and your loved ones stay happy, healthy, and enjoy that vitamin D without the consequences.
Here’s our list of tips to live by this summer:
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!: Lather up frequently and evenly when in the sun for prolonged periods of time using SPF 15 or higher. Even if you are not lying out by the beach make sure you are using a moisturizer that contains SPF to shield from even the smallest amounts of contact with the sun.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking water regularly decreases the amount of premature wrinkles that come with sun contact. It also reduces the amount of dryness your skin is likely to obtain from heavy exposure. CNN.com states that men should consume 13 glasses of water a day while woman should drink roughly 9 to stay fully hydrated throughout the day.
Consume Vitamin C and Antioxidants: Vitamin C is known for reflecting the suns harsh UV radiation while antioxidants repel free radicals helping refrain from skin damage. Try filling a glass of water with a vitamin C supplement to get your daily dose. Also pack your diet with antioxidant rich foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and seeds.
Moisturize: Make sure you moisturize right after you shower to lock in the most moisture possible after a dehydrating day in the sun. Everyday moisturizing helps decrease premature aging by locking in moisture that is commonly lost on a day-to-day basis.
As a community we must stay informed on how to protect ourselves in the most effective way possible from the suns harmful side effects. According to skincancer.org, one person dies every 57 minutes of melanoma. Thus we can not risk having more lives lost due to our lack of knowledge on protecting our precious skin from the sun. Figure out your own ways to fit these healthy skin tips into your lifestyle.
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