Summer is a fantastic time to get out in the sun—especially in Oregon, when sunny days are so rare. We have already written in detail about how important vitamin D is for your overall health, however, it’s also important to take proper care of your skin in the summer months. If you aren’t careful, overexposing your skin to the sun can end up doing more harm than good. As we get older, our skin becomes even more sensitive to the sun’s harsh rays—so here are five ways to stay healthy and happy while out in the sun this summer:
1. Use sunscreen every day
During the summer, there’s no harm in applying sunscreen every day. You never know when you’ll be going outside or even just sitting in a sunny spot, so get used to applying it every day. Most dermatologists recommend to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 daily. This sunscreen will absorb up to 97 percent of harmful UV rays that are hard on your skin.
2. Don’t just apply sunscreen, re-apply
We all know we need to be using sunscreen when we are out in the sun, but more than not, the biggest factor in avoiding skin damage is about how often you apply sunscreen. A dab here and there once a day just isn’t going to cut it—most sunscreens suggest that you slather it on generously at least every two hours.
3. Get your antioxidants
Antioxidants are continuously proven to be an important part of skin care, especially for elders out in the sun. Plenty of serums and moisturizers include these important antioxidants in them, but keeping foods rich in antioxidants such as berries, spinach, and beans will make sure this important chemical reaction is keeping your body healthy and energized.
4. Stay in the shade
We know that it can be tempting to sunbathe, but this kind of sun exposure can really harm skin—especially for seniors. So whether you are sitting by the creek or going for a walk, bring an umbrella or find some tree shade. Not only will you stay nice and cool, you’ll also be able to spend more time out in that glorious weather.
5. Cover up
It can also be tempting to break out the summer clothes when it’s nice outside, but making sure you are wearing protective clothing is another good way to ensure that your skin stays healthy. Wearing long-sleeved shirts made of tightly woven materials is the only way to ensure that your skin doesn’t absorb the harmful UV rays coming from the sun. Sunscreen washes and even sweats off, but protective clothing and sunglasses are a surefire way of staying healthy while enjoying the sun.