Summer Skincare: The Basics

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Thanks to more information about the damaging effects of the sun, having a golden tan is no longer the coveted look and status symbol that it used to be. Skin cancer and the aging effects of the sun on skin has made protected and pale the new bronze. But protecting your skin from the sun doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all summer or adopt a vampire’s hours. Here’s how to protect yourself without missing out on summer fun.


Play Strategically. 

By all means let the kids be outside as much as possible, but consider where they’ll be. Can you move water tables and kiddie pools to shaded parts of your yard? If you don’t have shade, consider setting up a canopy to protect little ones (and yourself) from direct sun.

Sunscreen: Use Often and Correctly. 

Unfortunately, a quick spray at the start of the day isn’t enough. The directions on your sunblock aren’t just suggestions—they are there to make sure you apply early and often. Use an SPF of at least 30, and use more when sweating or swimming.

Don’t Forget Your Face. 

The idea of thick sunscreen on your face might make you uncomfortable just thinking about it, but don’t worry, there are alternatives. Many moisturizers have SPF in them now, and there are several brands of makeup that have built-in sun protection. Sunscreen sticks make for quick, convenient, and non-greasy application for your little one’s faces and ears. Your lips are especially vulnerable, so look for lip balm or lipstick with SPF as well. Your complexion doesn’t have to suffer just because you’re being sun smart.

Cover Up. 

There are a lot of ways to cover up without sacrificing fashion: Celebrities are constantly spotted in cute sun hats this time of year, so don’t be afraid to hit the beach in a big hat. Sunglasses don’t just look good, they protect your eyes from sun damage as well. And SPF clothing is no longer just for kids and rash guards. They now make cover-ups and regular clothing with SPF technology, so you can keep your look and protect your skin.

Fake It. 

Technology has come a long way when it comes to sunless tanning products. If you still want that “healthy glow,” you’ve got lots of options. And these days they won’t stain your palms or turn your face orange—assuming you use as directed!

Hydrate. 

A good idea under all circumstances, but essential when you’re out in the sun: Keep a water bottle handy at all times. Encourage kids to stop for a sip at “home base” every few minutes. If water is a hard sell, fill up on foods that can hydrate as well. Leafy greens, berries, and melons are perfect summer treats that also boost hydration.


The sun isn’t what it used to be. Now more of a foe than a friend, people have become increasingly wary of being out in the sunshine—and rightly so. But with some careful preparation and mindfulness, summer can be as fun as ever. By following these tips, you can feel good and look good all season long.

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