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Sun Safety | Tips on Staying Hydrated and Cancer Free in the Summer Months

What’s the best way to maintain healthy skin? It all starts with practicing good sun safety and staying hydrated. Really! Here are a few sun safety tips. 

Who wouldn’t love healthy skin? Your epidermis is your largest organ. But, most of us don’t think about our skin like an organ. We see it as it relates to our appearance. We know healthy skin makes for great first impressions. The whole beauty industry is dedicated to our skin in one way or another. 

What’s the real secret? 

Here is a beauty hack from the team at PrimeCARE: love your skin! Protect it from the sun and keep your body hydrated. 

You probably need to wear sunscreen more often. 

It’s important to wear sunscreen, even if you are not headed to the lake or beach. Most of us are good at getting sunecreened-up before and during a day on the lake. What we miss are the times we attend a picnic or take a long stroll outdoors. Even if you have a longer walk to your car from where you work, sunscreen is a good idea. 

The times you are outdoors, even for a short period of time add up.  

If you are in the sun, UV rays are hitting your skin. Carry sunscreen on you if possible. 

Sunscreen does not offer complete protection from UV rays. 

Sunscreen is an essential part of your efforts to protect yourself from the sun. The truth is, you need to do more than just apply sunscreen. 

  1. Wear a hat. A hat with a brim that extends at least two inches away from your head, all the way around your head. Baseball caps are not as efficient at keeping your head safe from the sun as they seem. 
  2. Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes. The best style of sunglasses for sun safety is wraparound. But it’s also important to own a pair of sunglasses you enjoy wearing! You’ll be more likely to wear them. 
  3. Clothing can protect you from UV rays. Some garments even have tags that tell you how much UV protection they provide.

Read the label on your sunscreen for optimum sun protection. 

There are so many things you need to know about your sunscreen. For example: your sunscreen isn’t as waterproof as you think. It’s very important to stick to the time it gives you to re-apply.

Check expiration dates. It’s also a good idea to read the instructions. Applying sunscreen seems pretty straight forward. It’s better to check and make sure you are applying it correctly and generously.