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Prevent Sun Damage This Summer

By Virginia Laird

The warmth of summer may be beckoning you outdoors in many states, but the heat of Arizona can be brutal to those who enjoy the outdoor life. There are a few things to concern yourself with before spending the entire day in the sun. The summer sun can cause plenty of damage for the skin, including skin cancer. Skincare experts advise it is wise to make preventing sun damage a year-round priority. These same professionals suggest there are several ways to protect your skin from the damage which can be brought on by spending time in the sun. Some of their tips include:

  • Always wear sunscreen
  • Make hydration a daily priority
  • Invest in a hat

Always Wear Sunscreen

When trying to prevent the summer sun from burning you to a crisp, it is best to always remember to wear sunscreen. Even if you are one who does not fall victim to sunburn, sunscreen can help prevent the development of some skin cancers. Health and wellness experts suggest applying sunscreen every couple of hours is the best way to prevent burn and other sun damage.

Make Hydration a Daily Priority

Hydration is vital throughout the summer months. Dehydrating can happen easily and quickly when spending time in the heat. For many, staying hydrated can prove to be difficult. This is especially true for those who prefer soda and juice over water. Water is the best choice when trying to maintain hydration. It is recommended that you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces each day.

Invest in a Hat

Wearing a hat can help prevent sun damage on the face and neck. Some of this damage can cause premature aging. If you are like me, you would like to avoid wrinkles as long as possible. Skin care specialists suggest investing in hat with a wide brim. This can help prevent sun damage both on the face, ears, and the back of the neck.

Although you may feel as though you are cooking when you step outside your front door, the Arizona heat should serve a (more than subtle) reminder to protect yourself from the sun. If you are serious about preventing skin cancer and early aging, it is time to begin taking better care of your skin.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Avondale, Ariz.

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