There are a few key measures you can take to keep your skin safe from the summer sun. In an article about sun safety, Mayo Clinic dermatologist, Lawrence Gibson, M.D., recommends that you:
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
If you are near water, sand or even snow, it's important to take extra caution when protecting your skin from the sun's rays. All three elements reflect the sun, which makes the damaging UV rays more intense and increases your chances of sunburn.
Turn to sunless tanners to help get your skin beach-ready. A bronzed, beachy glow can be beautiful, but your glow will be the healthiest if it comes from a bottle or spray. Refrain from turning to tanning beds, as they expose you to the same UV light found in the sun that can cause skin cancer and wrinkles.
Finally, instead of looking to the sunlight for your daily dose of vitamin D, look to a healthy, well-balanced diet instead. Foods like eggs, salmon and tuna fish are potent sources of vitamin D. Also, there are a number of foods that are fortified with the vitamin. Look for fortified milk, yogurt, orange juice and breakfast cereals as healthy, safe alternatives to the sun.
Dr. Ava Shamban shares summer skin care tips on Good Morning America.
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