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Keep Your Skin Safe at the Beach

There are few things more therapeutic than a day spent at the beach. Most of us go to the beach multiple times during the warmer months so that we may spend hours basking in the sun and sand. However, there are many misconceptions when it comes to the beach and dangerous sun damage. For instance, a beach umbrella will not completely protect you from the damage caused by the sun.

Also, no matter how many clouds there are in the sky, it’s still crucial to do everything you can to protect your skin from sun damage. That being said, there are some easy ways to adjust your skin care routine to keep your skin protected from harmful sun damage.

Skip Products That Increase Sun Sensitivity

For starters, before you even leave for the beach, be sure to avoid applying retinoids and AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) products to your face. Both of these products have been proven to increase sun sensitivity, making it all the more likely that you will damage your skin as the result of sun exposure.

Know How To Properly Use Sunscreen

Another common misconception is that the higher the SPF of your sunscreen, the more protective it is for your skin. In fact, what’s more important is that you reapply sunscreen frequently throughout the day to keep your skin adequately protected.

Use Antioxidants To Keep Skin Safe

In addition to sunscreen, antioxidants should also be applied to the skin. While sunscreen blocks the harmful rays of the sun, antioxidants prevent cellular damage and inflammation

 
 

Wear Sunglasses And A Hat

Unfortunately, slathering your face in sunscreen and antioxidants still is not enough to completely fend off sun exposure. By wearing a hat and sunglasses, you are decreasing your chances of sun damage dramatically.

Double Up On Moisturizer

Anyone who has spent adequate time at the beach knows that this environment can dry out your skin. Ocean water contains certain nutrients which contribute to dryness. Plus, sun exposure draws moisture out of your pores. To keep skin soft and supple, moisturize before, during and after your beach visit.

Don’t Forget About Your Lips

While we slather sunscreen all over every inch of our bodies, we often neglect our lips. Our lips are prone to sun damage just like the rest of our skin. Therefore, it’s crucial that you find a lip balm that is high in SPF. Plus, excess sun exposure can dry out lips, causing them to look cracked.

Conclusion

A day at the beach should be fun and not full of worry about the damaging effects of sun exposure. By following these tips, you can be smart about keeping your skin protected so that you can relax, kick back and enjoy all of the natural beauty that the beach has to offer.

 
 
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