Summer is upon us and with summer comes outdoor activities in the burning hot sun.
I know many people who don’t take care of their skin. They abuse it in the sun by bathing in harsh UV rays, ride motorcycles without helmets or just don’t treat it with the love and care it deserves. When I was in high school, I spent many hours outside and got burned over and over again. This caused damage to my skin that haunts me to this day.
When I got a little older and wiser, I decided to start taking care of my skin. As I used more sunblock and moisturizers, I realized that my skin started to look more radiant and felt smoother to the touch.
The easiest skin care you can do for yourself is sunscreen and protective clothing against the sun. If that’s the only thing you do, it will save you dark spots, prematurely aged skin and cancer. According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. You need to be using a minimum of 15 SPF according to the FDA. (I use waterproof 50 SPF–call me over-cautious, but it makes me feel better. I’m fair skinned after all!)
I am a proud auntie of 9 children. These kids mean the world to me and I take extra care to make sure that they are also protected. They know that if Aunt Teresa is around, they can’t go to the zoo or a Cardinals game with out being slathered in sunblock first.
Now if you want to go the extra mile, you can start putting moisturizer on at night as well. Check out Dr. Day’s skin care regimen on how to keep your skin looking great. According to the doctor, your skin loses more water at night than when you are awake, so it is important to use a moisturizer at night as well.
All this being said, I hope you take a few minutes out of your day to take better care of your beautiful skin. It’s worth every second.
Final words of advice from 1999: wear sunscreen.
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