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Top summer skin care tips

Summertime means more time spent enjoying the outdoors, a more skin-baring wardrobe — and more exposure to the sun's powerful UV rays. Too much sun exposure can be harmful to your skin — causing painful sunburn, increasing the chances of developing wrinkles and age spots, and boosting the risk of developing skin cancer. To embrace the outdoors while keeping your skin healthy and looking its best, follow these top summer skin care tips to give your skin the healthiest summer yet.

  1. Wear sunscreen every day. To apply, use about a palmful to cover your arms, legs, neck and face. Don't forget about hard-to-reach areas that are exposed to the sun, like the back of your ears and neck, as well as your toes and the bottom of your feet. If you're out in the sun for an extended period of time, reapply sunscreen every two hours. Remember to protect your lips with a lip balm that contains SPF.
  2. Update your skin care routine. Look for lightweight moisturizers and makeup that contain sunscreen, cleansers that gently exfoliate and refresh your skin, and products such as lip treatments and eye creams that help keep skin looking fresh and hydrated.
  3. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps, which can lead to dry leathery skin and may also increase your risk of skin cancer. Enjoy a safer artificial glow with products like sunless tanning lotions.
  4. Wear clothing with a UV protection factor (UPF) rating. The higher the UPF rating, the higher level of protection the clothing provides from UV rays.
  5. Protect the skin around your eyes by wearing sunglasses that block UV rays. Consider large framed or wraparound sunglasses for extra protection.
  6. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to help protect your scalp, forehead, ears and nose.
  7. Check your medications: some can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn.
  8. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help keep your skin hydrated.
  9. Seek out shaded areas when outside.

Keep in mind that the sun's rays can cause sunburn and skin damage on both sunny days and cloudy days. By planning ahead before you head outdoors and following these tips you can keep your skin healthy this summer — and all year round.

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