Jun 13, 2023
woman with hand blocking sun
Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors, but it is also the time  when your skin is more susceptible to the sun's harmful rays.

Sunburn, dryness,  and premature aging are some of the effects of sun damage. Therefore, it is essential to take care of your skin during the summer months, even if you do not want to use sunblock. Here are some things to consider whether you are going to  be indoors or outdoors this summer. 

Firstly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. When you are dehydrated,  your skin can become dry and flaky. Drinking water helps to keep your skin looking  healthy and radiant. Try to find water that has electrolytes and vitamins. Stay away  from liquids that have excess sugars as they can cause inflammation and  exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. 

Secondly, use moisturizer and sunblock that is suitable for your skin type.  Moisturizing your skin helps to keep it soft and supple. Choose a lightweight, oil free moisturizer that will not clog your pores. When looking for a moisturizer try to  find one that has an SPF of at least 30. Additional SPF will need to be applied to  your skin throughout the day to keep your skin protected from the sun. When  thinking about protecting your skin with sunblock make sure you are finding a lip balm that also has an SPF. 

Thirdly, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face from the sun. A hat  can provide shade for your face and help to prevent sunburn. Another option would  be an umbrella. Wearing a hat or using an umbrella will not only protect your face  but also your scalp from the sun. Wear protective clothing that covers your skin.  Loose-fitting clothing made from lightweight fabrics can help to keep you cool while  protecting your skin from the sun. 

Fourthly, stay away from citrus foods if you are planning to be in the sun.  There are some plants and fruits, especially citrus that contain furocoumarins.  Furocoumarins is an organic chemical compound that has a tendency to make the  skin more sensitive to the sun and can worsen the effects of sunburn. 

Lastly, avoid spending too much time in the sun during peak hours. The sun's  rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so try to limit your time outdoors  during these hours.

In conclusion, taking care of your skin during the summer months is  essential to keep it healthy and looking its best. By following these simple tips, you  can enjoy the summer sun without worrying about damaging your skin.