Like most kids in the summer, I used to spend as much time as I could at the pool. I’d wiggle in anticipation of that first jump in the water while my mom attempted to slather me in sunscreen but as I got older, I wanted the bronzy glow so I’d (current me is cringing) skip the sunscreen and let the sun do its thing.
As they say, with age comes wisdom and the knowledge that the sun can be pretty harmful to our skin. While it’s great to be cautious about aging and wrinkles, the sun can cause much scarier issues like melanoma. That’s why I’m excited to partner with the fabulous and smart ladies at Skinlab to share some Summer Sun Safety tips.
- First and foremost, the #1 rule. You absolutely need to be covering yourself, head-to-toe, in SPF. While you should be doing this year-round, you 100% need to make sure to utilize it (and reapply!) during your summer vacations & beach time. These three products are awesome to keep close by.
- Isdin Mineral Sunscreen Brush – I love this product because it’s great to keep in your bag especially when you go from beach to another activity. It handles the sweaty glow while keeping your skin ultra protected. Bonus that it’s so, so easy to apply.
- NicholsMD Antioxidant SPF50 Sunscreen – I trust anything Dr. Nichols puts her name on and this sunscreen is no exception. It has a lovely, light scent, doesn’t make your skin sticky like some of the sprays do, and also includes hyaluronic acid and glycerin for lasting hydration.
- SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen – I use this daily! It’s super hydrating and protects against UV-induced pigmentation. It has the slightest nude tone so you don’t have any of those awkward streaks but perfectly evens and brightens the skin.
- Don’t forget to reapply. Yes, it’s great to put on your sunscreen at the beginning of the day but read the label, most sunscreens need to reapplied throughout the day, especially if you’ll be in and out of water.
- Wear a hat. I’m obsessed with the Mott50 Kimme hat which is UPF50+ and great for keeping sun off your face but also keeping your hair and scalp safe as well.
- Get a coverup you love. A light linen like this one is perfect to throw on to keep those harmful rays off your skin.
- Limit your sun time. Especially between the hours 10-2 when the sun’s rays are their strongest.
- Get regular skin checks with a provider you trust and monitor any new marks you may notice on your body.
- Be aware of medication or skin products that may make your skin more sensitive.
- If you’re spending time in the sun, remember to seek shade to give your skin a break.
As always, I can’t recommend finding a provider that you trust. The team at Skinlab is not only great (like, really great!) for all your skincare needs but Dr. Nichols also offers some medical services like a skin cancer screening, which you should absolutely be doing at least once a year.