Skin care during the summer months is extremely important. Sunlight can cause a lot of damage to the skin including fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. So it is important to protect yourself every day.
Dr. Alex recommends applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater such as the Alastin Hydratint sunscreen or Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen. Look for sunscreens that have broad spectrum protection. Remember that you are receiving sun exposure when inside a car through the windows. Apply a liberal amount of sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. Don’t forget areas from the neck down which may be exposed such as the chest, back, arms, and legs. These areas can get sunburned too. If you are outdoors for prolonged periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours. Also reapply sunscreen if your skin gets wet such as when going in the swimming pool. Avoid sun exposure during the peak hours between 10 AM and 4 PM. When outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, and hats. Finally, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking six to eight cups of water daily.