7 Simple Ways to Be Sun-Smart This Summer ...


As someone who is incredibly fair-skinned and also has a family history of skin cancer, finding ways to be sun-smart has long been a part of my summer (not to mention year-round) regimen.

Of course, while there are those like me who automatically face a higher risk, being sun-savvy is vitally important no matter what your skin tone is or what your family history might be.

Are you looking for ways to be sun-smart while still having a great time at the beach, backyard BBQs, pool parties and more throughout the coming months?

Read on for a look at seven simple yet effective tips that can help keep you safe.

1. Wear a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

When it comes to identifying the best ways to be sun-smart, choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays is key.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UVA rays can cause lasting skin damage, aging and cancer, while UVB rays are known to cause sunburns, along with skin damage and cancer.

In addition to seeking out a broad-spectrum formula, be sure to choose an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.

2. Donโ€™t Forget to Reapply

Of course, wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen is only effective when you slather on enough before heading outdoors and also reapply throughout the day.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying two full tablespoons of sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and then reapplying every two hours.

Remember that even water-resistant sunscreens will also need to be reapplied after getting out and toweling off, so keep your sunscreen close at hand for easy access at all times.

3. Go Faux

With your tan, that is.

Despite the proven link between tanning and skin cancer, plenty of people still visit tanning salons and lie out in the sun each year.2

If having darker skin during the summer months is important to you, there are plenty of faux methods available that can mimic a tan without the increased cancer risk.

Whether you use a DIY cream, such as Jergens Natural Glow, or get a professional spray tan, the damage you spare your skin will be well worth making the switch.

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