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5 Summer Skin Care Tips

Summertime is all about leaving your computer accessories behind and having some fun in the sun. While it's great to feel the warmth of the sun against your skin, it can also lead to serious and long-lasting side effects. Here are 5 summer skin care tips to leave you happy and healthy.

Slather It On

Apply generous amounts of sunscreen. You've heard it a million times before, but it is an important reminder to create a barrier between your skin and the sun's UV rays. Find a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher to ensure as much protection as possible. If you decide to wander around in the sun without it, your chances of skin cancer and other health complications are dramatically increased. For an extra incentive, remember that you can use your flexible spending account to buy sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Pucker Up

Also apply generous amounts of lip balm. The skin on your lips is just as important as the skin everywhere else. Balms tend to be long lasting and ensure hydration. As with the sunscreen, make sure you find a one that has an SPF of 15 or higher, and do your best to avoid lip gloss, petroleum jelly or other products that shine. They attract the sun's UV rays, which leads to dehydrated, sun damaged, and cracked lips.

Cover Up

Don't be shy with hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves. These stylish accessories are another way to create a barrier where you can't apply sunscreen. When it comes to wearing a hat, broad-rimmed hats work better than baseball caps because they completely cover your ears. Protect your eyes from sunburn with glasses that have a UV protection of at least 400. This minimizes the risk of sunburn and damage to your corneas. When it comes to apparel, make sure you and your family wear lighter colors because they don't attract as much sun. This is especially true for small children out and about in their baby bloomers and other adorable outfits.

Cool Down

Prevent clogging your pores after a long day in the sun by taking a cold shower. Not many people get excited about the prospect of standing in chilly water, but it's highly beneficial. Cold water closes your pores, which prevents dirt and oil from getting in and causing skin irritation or breakouts. This counteracts the warmth you've been in all day by rehydrating your skin.

Extra Moisture

Use a facial mist. Bring along this handy product for a day at the beach or sunbathing in your own yard. It contains many natural minerals that calm skin and replace important minerals lost in sweat. Facial mists prevent the skin on your face from drying out and help maintain a youthful glow.

Whether you're going on a beach vacation or just sitting out on your porch, be sure to protect your skin to avoid long-term health problems. LTD has whatever you need to help make the most out of your summer.