Five Ways To Safeguard Your Skin For A Radiant Summer

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As the sunny summer season approaches, it is crucial to raise awareness about skincare and the importance of protecting our skin from head to toe. Skin cancer is a common concern, and taking preventive measures now can significantly reduce the risk of developing it later in life. Did you know that even a single blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can double the chances of developing melanoma as an adult? With this in mind, Haute Beauty expert Dr. Mara Weinstein explores some essential strategies to help you safeguard your skin.

1. Understand the types of UV rays.

To effectively shield your skin, it's essential to understand the difference between the two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays accelerate the signs of aging, contribute to collagen degradation, and cause sunspots on the skin. On the other hand, UVB rays primarily cause sunburns.

2. Know that uneven aging is possible.

Interestingly, the left side of your face tends to age faster than the right side due to prolonged exposure to the sun while driving. UVA rays can penetrate through window glass, unlike UVB rays. To mitigate this effect, make a habit of using a sunshade and applying an ample amount of sunscreen on the left side of your face whenever you're in the car.

3. Pack the sunscreen essentials.

When it comes to sunscreen, it's crucial to choose the right product and apply it correctly. Consider packing a variety of sunscreens to cater to different needs. Always check the expiration date and invest in a new sunscreen every summer to ensure optimal protection. Mineral-based sunscreens provide the best defense against harmful UV rays.

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4. Be aware of the convenient SPF application options.

Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day is essential, and using compact sunscreen makes it easier to stay protected. Keep one with you at all times to ensure you can easily and conveniently reapply sunscreen when needed.

5. Always protect those lips.

While protecting the skin on your face and body, it's important not to forget about your lips. They can also get sunburned, so using a lip balm with at least SPF 30 is recommended. Look for a chapstick specifically designed to shield your lips from harmful UV rays.

Taking care of your skin should be a year-round commitment, with a particular emphasis on skincare during the sunny summer months. By understanding the different types of UV rays, prioritizing sunscreen usage, and safeguarding often overlooked areas like your lips, you can significantly reduce the risk of sun-related skin damage. Let's make every month a skincare awareness month, ensuring that the health and protection of our skin remain a top priority.

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