Summer Skin Tips for the Entire Family
Are you and your family looking forward to fun-filled days under the summer sun? Here are some tips for how everyone in your family can protect their skin and avoid any sunburn-related nightmares.
What to Wear:
It is essential to wear the proper attire during warm, sunny days to avoid sunburns and rashes. Clothing made from unbleached cotton are breathable materials that help to keep the body cool during hot days. Make sure to avoid clothing made of polyester or nylon because, even though they may look nice, they are not breathable materials. Also, look for dark or bright-colored fabrics when choosing outdoor attire, as they will absorb UV rays and prevent them from reaching your skin.
To avoid sunburns, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen on every family member 30 minutes before sun exposure; this will allow the product's ingredients to fully bind with the skin.
Wear a hat and shades between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest, and don’t forget about the hidden areas on the body like the back of the head, ears, hands, and feet.
If planning strenuous or water activities, use a product that is water-resistant, and make sure to reapply every two hours. Strenuous activities during warmer months can lead to substantial water and electrolyte loss.
What to Drink:
To prevent dehydration from happening, it is essential to keep the body hydrated. Don’t leave home without the cooler full of hydrating drinks and foods. Plain water is good, but adding a little low-sugar hydrating powder or fresh fruit to cold water will infuse flavor, and it might encourage the family to drink more often. Don’t forget that eating fruit is also an excellent way to stay hydrated.
It is crucial to stay away from sugary drinks like sodas, as they can act as a dehydrating agent and increase thirst.
When You’ve Returned Home
Once the family gets home, make sure to remove any sweaty or wet attire as this will help prevent body rashes and skin irritation. Make sure to use a body wash free of harsh sulfates, parabens, added colors and dyes, as these types of ingredients can irritate the skin.
Look for products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter, which will soothe the skin and make it feel refreshed after a long, fun, active day.