As the warmer weather teases us and we get ready to spend more time outdoors, we need to make sure that we are protecting our largest organ, our skin. As much as we love the sun, we also know the damage that it can cause — brown spots, wrinkles, and of course the C word. Despite the well-known dangers, we at VictoriaLand do enjoy our Vitamin D time, but with moderation. I put together a list of ways, in addition to SPF, to help minimize your sun exposure so your skin will still look radiant as ever while protecting it from those harmful UVs.
- Don’t Forget Your Hat! It may seem simple, but wearing a hat while you’re out in the sun is SO important. The brim helps keeps harmful rays off of your face and neck throughout the day. If baseball caps aren’t your thing, don’t totally give up on this tip. There are so many different stylish hat options (like these) that will help dress up your wardrobe and keep your skin safe…multitasking anyone?
- Wear Your Sunglasses. We always remember to apply sunscreen on our face before heading out for the day, but let’s not forget our eyes! A little extra TLC for the sensitive eye area is a necessity to combat wrinkles. Here is another tidbit of information…Did you know that even your eyeballs can burn to if they aren’t protected enough while in the sun? Yikes!
- Know the Sun. The sun is at its strongest during 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. So, if you plan on heading out earlier in the day, make sure to follow these other tips for protection. That’s not to say that after 3 in the afternoon you have nothing to worry about. Just keep in mind that your skin is being hit at its hardest during those peak hours so take extra care.
- Opt for Some Darker Clothing. We’ve always been told to wear lighter colors out in the heat, but did you know that wearing darker colors actually protects your skin more? It’s true! Darker colors don’t allow as much of the UV rays to penetrate your clothing to get through to your skin, which means more protection.
- Take a Break. Now, for a more obvious option to protect your skin, consider spending some less time out in the sun…or at least take a few more breaks. I mean, yea spending hours on the beach or near the pool makes for a GREAT summer tan, but after those tan lines fade, your skin could be left looking a little bit more like leather than youthful. Set up an umbrella or find a nice cool spot in the shade that you can retreat to for UV break.
Always remember your SPF daily as well as these other skin saving tips. I know it may seem like a lot of steps to protect your skin, but it’s worth it!
Stay Safe. Xo Victoria