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With Memorial Day behind us and summer in full swing, it is important to keep the health of your skin in mind when going to daytime barbecues, picnics, fairs and any outdoor activities. Here are seven tips to help you keep your skin looking good all summer and help prevent skin cancer down the road.

  • Find the shade as much as you can if you are going to be standing outside for an extended period of time. This isn’t saying you can’t spend time in the sun, but extended exposure to the sun will increase your risk of getting a painful burn.  
  • If you are going to be out in the sun for a while, don't be afraid of breathable long-sleeve clothing. This will actually provide a layer of shade while allowing air to move throughout the shirt. Depending on how light it is, it may still let some sunshine through.
  • When you are planning your extended workouts or social functions, try to make them earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. UV radiation peaks in the early afternoon hours, so changing a picnic to a brunch or an evening barbecue will give your skin a break from the hot sun.
  • Get yourself a decent pair of sunglasses. You don’t have to go out and spend a ton of money, but getting shades that protect against UVA and UVB rays will help prevent cataracts.
  • Don’t fall for a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 50. The actual benefit of a higher SPF is not as great as most people think, plus it may bait you to stay in the sun longer than you should.
  • Reapply sunscreen like it is going out of style, especially if you are sweating or getting in and out of water and wiping off with a towel.   

 

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