suntan lotionYou want to soak up that summer sun, but don't pay the price with premature skin aging, or an increased risk of skin cancer. Be smart and keep your skin safe with these summertime tips:

Start At Night To Build Skin Protection
A few weeks before that beach vacation, begin to wear sunscreen every night. Dermatologists say the technique builds up the outer layer of the skin and makes it less likely to burn.

Skip The Foundation
During summer, you can put away the foundation and opt for a daily moisturizer with a gradual self-tanner and SPF. It can give your skin a more natural glow and protect it from the harmful rays of the sun.

Get In Sync With Zinc

If you want fast coverage, look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum chemical protection plus zinc oxide, the original mineral-based sunscreen. Where chemical sunscreens might need 15 to 30 minutes to start working, zinc oxide begins protecting your skin immediately on application.

Stay Hydrated
Water is your body's friend during summer, and that includes your skin, too. Drinking plenty of water can help to keep your skin looking it's best. And remember that when you begin to feel thirsty is when you're already dehydrated, so drink water throughout the day.

When In Doubt, Re-Apply
Don't be stingy with the sunscreen. To get the advertised protection for most products requires an application equal to a shot glass full of lotion, and that's a lot more than a typical handful of sunscreen. Consider the protection time listed on the product as the maximum, and be wary of sunscreens that promise long-lasting waterproof or sweat-proof protection.

Say “Hello” To My Big Floppy Friend
There's no better or easier skin protection than a wearing a hat that shields you from the sun's harmful rays. Look for one that's stylish and wide enough to protect your face, ears, and neck and make it part of your outdoor summer wardrobe.


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