The truth is, we all want that natural, healthy-looking glow that we get from the summer sun, but it’s 2019 and we know the damage it causes to our skin and body. Almost 100,000 people are predicted to be diagnosed with melanoma this year alone. Did you know melanoma and all other types of skin cancer are the most preventable type of cancer, yet it kills nearly 10,000 people per year?
Here are our tips to keep yourself safe in the summer sun:
!. SPF, SPF, SPF! We can’t preach this enough. There is no such thing as a “base tan”, burning that “turns into” tanned skin is still highly damaged skin, and you always need sunscreen when spending time outdoors- even when it’s overcast.
2. Tanning beds are never a safe option. No matter how they advertise, no matter what rays they claim to filter, no matter how little you go, just say NO to the tanning bed! Any level of direct UV rays in such a short amount of time not only age you at an increasingly fast rate, but also put you at a 60% higher risk for skin cancer.
3. Reapply your SPF- one coat isn’t enough. Sunscreen is not made to last. Whether you’re in the sun for a couple of hours or all day long, reapply SPF to your entire body and face at least every two hours.
4. The only healthy tan is a fake tan. Yep, we said it. No matter how you tan outdoors, the UV rays are damaging your skin whether you realize it or not. Beyond the recommended 20 minutes of sun per day to absorb our body’s needed vitamin D, any extra exposure is only increasing your risk for skin cancer and aging you by the second. The only healthy way to tan is with spray tans or self tanners, both which us Clarity gals will gladly help you with!
Now that you have this information you are fully responsible to take care of your skin this summer. What to do next?
Your Clarity skin squad