4 Safety Tips For Your Skin This Summer

Summer is a fun time of the year when you're outside from sun up to sundown, soaking in as much of the fresh air and sunshine as you can. This sounds like a lot of fun, but all of that extra time outside and in the sun can also come at a price. You are putting yourself at risk for skin cancer if you're out in the sunshine too long. There are also other summer concerns you should be aware of. Read on for some summer safety tips to use to protect your skin.

1. Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be worn year-round if you're out in the sun, but in the summer months, the sun's rays can be much stronger. You should be wearing sunscreen, especially in the summer months. Be sure you are putting sunscreen on any part of your body that is out in the sun, and don't forget about your face, ears, neck (front and back), and your legs as well. Even if you're swimming, you should have sunscreen on and reapply it every single hour you are outside. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50. If you are worried about it causing a breakout on your face, look for a sheer lotion for the face or sunscreen that is made for sensitive skin.

2. Watch Your Moles

Keep an eye on your moles on your body and pay close attention to any that are changing shape, color, size, or if they are becoming raised. If you have moles that are changing in any way, be sure to visit your dermatologist for an exam and for any necessary treatment. If your moles are becoming irregular in shape, have jagged edges, are growing up or even out, or are becoming black, red or some other color, it's time to have it looked at.

3. Cover Your Skin

When you're going to be out in the sun, sunscreen is a must, but adding clothing that is loose-fitting and breathable can also help. If you are going to be swimming, wear a swim shirt or rashguard to cover your skin. It will help you stay cool but also protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. When swimming, the sun hitting the water and reflecting onto your skin can cause you to burn easily, wearing a swim shirt can help prevent this.

4. Drink Water

Your skin can dry out quite a bit over summer, being out in the water swimming, taking more showers, sweating and being in the sun can be harsh on your skin and leave your skin dried out. Drink enough water daily to keep your body and skin hydrated. Drink at least 8 - 10 glasses of water each day.

Summer is a fun time of the year, but your skin will go through a lot being in the sun so often. Use the tips above to help you take care of your skin and keep it healthy. Talk to your dermatologist about other skin safety tips to use in the summer (or any time).