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Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer is just around the corner. Already, there are people mowing their lawns, taking care of the flowerbeds, and playing with their kids in the backyard. When everyone is outside having a good time, they rarely think about the effects that the sun is having on their skin. They may even be thinking that this is a great time to get a tan.

But a tan is a sign that the sun is damaging your skin. We've all heard the experts say, "Stay out of the sun. It causes skin cancer." While this is true, the sun is also the major cause of the physical signs of aging. Wrinkles, dark spots and drying skin are all caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Does this mean we should all hide in our houses this summer? Of course not. That's not practical or very convenient. But there are some tips that everyone can take to ensure that their skin doesn't age prematurely.

The first, and most logical step is to wear sunscreen. Again, this is touted by almost every expert, yet so often we fail to heed the advice. The best thing to do is to make it a habit to apply sunscreen every day. It doesn't matter if it's cloudy or sunny outside. Apply sunscreen to your face and arms before dressing in the morning. Try using a moisturizer or makeup that contains spf15 and that step is automatically incorporated into your routine.

And for those who are out in the sun, it is important to use a moisturizer each day. This helps to add moisture back into the skin. Use a moisturizer with anti-aging properties and it will help to heal some of the damage that was done to the skin.

The delicate skin around the eyes is also susceptible to damage by the sun. Sunglasses that cover both the eyes and the area around the eyes can play an important role in protecting this area. The glasses should have both UVA and UVB protection.

Another option for those that are consciously trying to protect their skin from sun damage is staying out of the sun during the middle of the day. Take care of the yard in the morning or evening. There is some discrepancy as to the peak hours of sun damage. The traditionalists tell us to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. However, some experts are now suggesting that the hours be extended until 4:00 PM.

No matter when you are outside, either cover up or use sunscreen. Protect your skin and you will help keep some of the physical signs of aging at bay.

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