Oceans 2003: How to Protect Your Skin This Summer

As important as skin protection is year round, it’s doubly critical in the hot summer months. Delicate skin that has been sun deprived over the winter needs immediate consideration before getting out and enjoying summer activities. The staff Oceans 2003 wants readers to be able to enjoy the sun safely.

Q: What are the best ways to protect skin in the summer?

A: The main ways to protect skin are a combination of sun-blocking agents, wardrobe considerations and continuous skin care.

Q: What is the difference between UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays?

A: They affect the skin differently, although they both can be harmful. UVA rays cause signs of early aging, like wrinkles and they can pass through glass. UVB rays cause sunburn and can be blocked by glass. Skin needs to be protected from both types of ultraviolet rays. And you need to make sure that you are using at least a SPF 30 sun block.

Q: What types of clothing should be worn to protect against the sun?

A: Because it’s impossible to stay out of direct sunlight, wear hats and sunglasses whenever possible. Wide-brimmed hats and light cover-ups can also be fashionable.

Q: In a worst-case scenario where people do get burned, what do you suggest they do for aftercare?

A: The most important thing that anyone should do after getting sun, and especially if you get too much sun, is to moisturize. Aloe-based gels or creams are wonderful for moisturizing dry, sun-drenched skin. Also, it’s vital that you avoid exfoliating skin that’s been burned. Vitamin E will add emollients back into skin. Also, reapply moisturizer with SPF. That will help the protection to sink into the skin and will help keep skin protected against any further sun exposure.

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