In Skin Care

Memorial Day is around the corner, and many will be traveling somewhere sunny and nice to commemorate the holiday. With the warmer weather and the call of the outdoors, that also means a lot of heat and sun are going to affect your skin.

Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to get proactive and protect your skin health. As Ben Franklin would say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Here’s how to have fun in the sun, while keeping your skin healthy and happy.

Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen

Choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection to guard against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Make sure it’s at least SPF 30. The higher the SPF, the higher the protection. You’ll need to reapply every two hours or sooner if you’re sweating or swimming because no sunscreen is actually waterproof.

Cleanse skin day and night

The humidity in the air, sweat and makeup or sunscreen buildup can wreak on your skin. Make sure you wash your face and skin every day and even after exercising. A mild cleanser and lukewarm water work best, but you can incorporate an exfoliating scrub once a week.

Moisturize daily

Create a consistent skin care regimen. Apply a lightweight lotion or cream while your skin is still damp from bathing to lock in moisture and get the best results.

Guzzle water

The sun can dry your skin out, but you can reduce the toll it can take on your skin with water! We recommend that you drink at least eight glasses a day.

Stay shady

Well, the good type of shady! Wear sunglasses and broad-brimmed hat for additional protection.

For more tips, view Dr. James’ appearance on WLTX.

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