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How to Beat the Heat This Summer

Whether having a picnic, going to the beach or simply exploring nature, the summer months are often spent enjoying exciting outdoor activities. While you and your family are having fun in the sun, your skin might be simultaneously suffering from sun exposure.

 Here are three tips to help you beat the heat and keep your skin healthy all summer long.

  1. Use sunscreen: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. And don’t forget to reapply! Sunscreen should be applied at least every two hours, or more frequently when sweating or swimming. To protect your lips, try an SPF-infused lip balm– it will keep your lips hydrated and burn-free in the summertime.

  2.  Be aware of sun-sensitizing medications: According to the FDA, some medicines contain ingredients that may cause photosensitivity, which is a chemically induced change in the skin. Photosensitivity makes a person sensitive to sunlight and can cause sunburn-like symptoms, a rash or other unwanted side effects. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so when possible, avoid direct sun exposure during these hours or seek a shaded area to relax in. Make sure you choose protective clothing when heading outside.

  3. Stay hydrated: Continual sun exposure can leave you dehydrated – and dehydrate your skin. Avoid dehydration by drinking water throughout the day and drink more than the recommended eight glasses of water per day when you know you'll be exposed to the sun. Don't forget about your food, too. Many foods high in water content, like melons and tomatoes, are in season during the summer months. Adding water-rich produce to your diet can boost your hydration and keep your skin healthy.

Protect yourself from sun exposure by remembering these tips while you’re enjoying your outdoor fun. This can help prevent any adverse reactions and keep your skin healthy. These tips are important no matter the time of year or the temperature outside, so don’t forget to protect yourself in the spring, winter and fall.

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