Summer is a time for fun and relaxation so it can be hard for many of us to stay indoors and out of the heat. Although being outdoors and participating in summer activities and sports can be great for our overall health, being out in the sun for extended periods of time can be damaging to our skin.
If you are passionate about summer activities, it is important to be cautious and take the necessary steps needed to protect and nurture your skin. Here’s how you can enjoy those thrilling activities while still having a skin-smart summer.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation1, if you are an outdoor sport enthusiast and indulge in summer staples such as golfing, running or tennis, you should take extra care of your skin. By avoiding peak sun hours between 11 AM and 4 PM and wearing protective clothing and accessories such as hats, and sunglasses with 100% UV protection you can help avoid the skin hazards associated with outdoor sports2.
In addition, apply an SPF 15 sunscreen, such as Glaxal Base Lotion SPF 15 and be sure to cover areas such as the hands and neck that are often overlooked.
Water activities, such as sailing, boating, waterskiing and jet skiing are particularly thrilling summer activities. However, if you are a water activity lover you face an extra UV exposure hazard from the water’s reflection3. Be sure to reapply sunscreen regularly, don’t forget your hands and feet and don’t forget to wear protective clothing.
To add an extra layer of protection and to help avoid the drying effects of water irritants on your skin, apply Barriere Silicone Skin Cream before a day in the water.
You can’t talk about summer without talking about the beach. A day at the beach can be a great way to get entire family together but with all that playful sand and warm water to enjoy it’s easy to get lost in the moment and forget about protecting your skin.
While at the beach, be sure to wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses and grab some shade under a beach umbrella. Most importantly, don’t forget to continuously apply a sunscreen such as Glaxal Base Lotion SPF 15 to help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Forgetting to apply and reapply sunscreen can result in cumulative UV radiation skin damage, which can lead to premature skin aging as well as skin cancer4.
Be sure to also check the UV Index before planning an outdoor activity day to ensure that you protect yourself accordingly – the higher the index, the stronger the sun’s rays which means that you must pay extra attention and take the necessary precautions to protect your skin.
2. Canadian Dermatology Association (http://www.dermatology.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/athletes_spectatorsEN.pdf )
3. The Skin Cancer Foundation (http://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/outdoor-activities/Sun-safety-tips-for-sports-enthusiasts )
4. The Skin Cancer Foundation (http://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/tanning )