Ah, bright sunny days and warm spring weather are just around the corner! I cannot wait to get out of hibernation and enjoy this beautiful weather. But, before we all go sun crazy laying out on hammocks or on the quad, let’s talk about sun care and how to protect our largest organ!

 

Although most dermatologists and makeup artists say to wear sunscreen ALL year round, it is crucial to start wearing it and taking care of our skin in the next few months! The CDC says that “without protection, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. UV exposure adds up over time, increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.”

 

Tips to keep your skin radiant, protected, and not looking like a piece of leather (unless that is your jam):
LATHER ON THE SUNSCREEN: Make sure to reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating. SPF 15 will work perfectly, but make sure to use it in accordance with other methods too. Apply 15-20 minutes before sun exposure.

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BE SHADY: Seek shade!! This is incredibly important during midday hours (10am-4pm) when the sun is most intense.

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TANNING BEDS…THANK U, NEXT: Tanning beds are so season one of Jersey Shore. They cause premature skin aging, like wrinkles, brown spots, and lax skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.” If you want to add a glow or get a nice tan without being directly in the sun, opt for spray tans or self-tanner. Just make sure to research the ingredients so that you aren’t covering yourself with harmful chemicals.

And if you do happen to get burnt, make sure to:

~~Drink plenty of water

~~Take a cool shower or bath

~~Take some aspirin or ibuprofen for any pain, headache or fever

~~Use a topical moisturizing cream like aloe (PRO TIP: putting your aloe in the fridge for a few minutes before applying feels amazing!)

~~DO NOT go back into the sun before it has healed!!

~~And lastly, seek medical personnel if the burn covers more than 15% of your body, you have a high fever, or you are in extreme pain lasting for more than 48 hours

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TIME FOR SOME FUN IN THE SUN!!!

 

Information from: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/sun-exposure

https://www.skincancer.org/prevention/tanning

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