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Summer in the City: Tips for Protecting your Skin

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Written by Gurminder for Doctify

Everyone wants to make the most of the sun when its out, but over exposing your skin to sunlight can cause many physical changes on your skin such as freckles, wrinkles, age spots and change in texture.

Although we all need our vitamin D- too much sun can cause changes in the skin cells, which can lead to skin cancer. To avoid these effects and to achieve a safe sun-based tan, follow these three tips for a healthy summer glow.

Use sunscreen

You can still enjoy the summer sun and catch a sun kissed glow when using sunscreen. Sun protection extends the time you can spend in the sun without suffering skin damage. Higher SPF numbers therefore provide better protection. Sunscreen is best to apply 15 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun. You only need to reapply if you have done any activity where your sunscreen could have been removed.


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Don’t overexpose your skin to the sun

To get a healthy and glowing tan, do not overexpose your skin to UV rays. It is best to tan gradually by dividing your time under the sun evenly to reduce sunburn. The best way to get a healthy summer glow is to tan in small doses. Half an hour to an hour under the sun a day will give you a healthy tan. Between 11am – 3pm it is best to stay in shaded areas and avoid direct sun exposure.

Wear your shades and a hat

Your eyes and the skin around them are delicate to UV rays, therefore wearing glasses with a large frame that wrap around can protect your eyes from the light coming in from different angles. A hat with a two or three inch brim can protect your ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp all while making you look stylish getting a tan.A hat with a two- to three-inch brim can protect your ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp all at once while you look stylish getting your tan.

Following these simple steps can help you get a healthy summer tan. To find a dermatologist near you!


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