By Kristin L.

As we all get into the full swing of summer and start enjoying those longer sunny days, it is important to remember to care for our skin.

We know that UV (Ultraviolet) exposure from the sun can increase the risk for developing certain skin cancers and damage our skin health.

As a cottage-goer myself, I understand how busy days can get outside, so here are some tips to stay on top of caring for your skin this summer:

  1. UV rays from the sun are at their highest from 11am to 3pm. You can protect yourself by seeking shade during these hours or taking frequent breaks in a shaded area. You can also plan any outdoor yard work either before or after these peak sunny hours.
  2. Wear light clothing to protect your arms and legs when out in the sun for a long duration of time.
  3. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses – your eyes are sensitive to the effects of sun damage too!
  4. Use an SPF product when outside. Dermatologists recommend at least SPF 30 or higher.
  5. Know your medications! Some medications can cause “sun sensitivity” and make your skin much more sensitive to UV rays. These medications can include NSAIDs (i.e. Naproxen (Aleve), Ibuprofen (Advil)), some Antibiotics, some Cardiovascular medications, some Diuretics (i.e. Lasix), and many others too! Check with your primary care provider or pharmacist to learn more how your medications might impact your skin’s response in the sun.
  6. Use the UV index forecast. Many weather forecasts will include a UV index rating, when the UV index is 3 or higher wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen – even when it is cloudy!
  7. Drink plenty of cool liquids (especially water) before you feel thirsty. Staying cool and hydrated will help prevent heat related illness.

Most importantly, stay safe and have fun out there!