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how to protect your skin during summer

How to Protect Your Skin During Summer

As weather is getting warmer and warmer (definitely not here, yet) and the UV light is starting to become a source of discomfort for lots of us, I thought it is about time to talk about how to protect your skin during summer. We see lots of ads warning us to protect our skin during summer with sunscreen  and so on, but is it the right and only method to protect our skin? Definitely NOT!

 Is sunscreen the right and only method to protect ourselves from the UV light? Definitely NOT!

Before you start your research about protecting your skin, first you have to know some info about your skin and about the environment.

Protect your skin according to your skin type

You may of may have not know that skin tones are classified by the Fitzpatrick scale. The Fitzpatrick scales six skin tones: from the fairest to the darkest. If your skin is fair and you get sunburns easily, but you almost never tan, then your skin is type I. This means you have to be very careful when you go out in the sun.

source: mdskinmd.com

source: mdskinmd.com

Track the UV index during the day

The UV index in an international measurement system for the UV radiation. The higher the index is, the riskier is for us to stay in the sunlight. The standard weather app on your iPhone gives you the UV index, but there are lots of other apps that can give you this information.

Before you go out, check the UV index on your app and protect your skin as recommended.

source: Wikipedia.org

source: Wikipedia.org

Usually the UV index is higher during summer, from 09:00 to 18:00, depending on the area where you’re living.

It’s very important to know your skin type and when the UV index is higher in you area. These things will help you protect your skin and avoid the sun.

How to protect your skin during summer

I know that this will sound stupid, but… sunscreen is your last option. The safest way to protect your skin during summer is to avoid the sunlight during 09:00 to 18:00, when the UV index is the most dangerous. I know that this sounds a bit extreme, but if you don’t have something urgent to do – that requires you to go in the sunlight – then don’t do it. UV radiations are more dangerous than you imagine.

The second step is to wear long sleeve clothes to protect your skin from the sun. This sounds also like a very bad piece of advice, but materials like silk or flax can be very comfy and protective at the same time. Also wear white clothes, or any other fair colour; it won’t attract the sun as much as a dark colour.

how to protect your skin during summer

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If you really have to go outside, then here’s how to protect your skin during summer

  • apply SPF 30+ on each part of your body that will be exposed to the sun (face, neck, arms, hands, legs, etc.);
  • apply the sunscreen at least 30 mins before you go out;
  • re-apply the sunscreen every two hours, because it won’t protect your skin after two hours;
  • wear sunglasses & a hat.

These pieces of advice were given to my by my dermatologist, but don’t take my word for granted and ask a dermatologist how to protect your skin during summer according to your skin type, health issues, geographic area and so on. The doctor will recommend you the best products according to your needs. The best sunscreen products that you can get are from dermato-cosmetics brands such as Vichy, Bioderma, La Roche – Posay and so on.

I hope you found these tips useful and that you and your skin will be safe during the summer time. Share this pieces of advice with your friends to let them know how to protect their skin during summer.

Be safe! :)


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  • Lauren Jane

    Thank you for this! We are going to Florida this summer and we have 1-5 skin types in our family, my younger daughter being the five and my older daughter being a 1! I’m stressing s much already about the sun and this was super informative on ways to protect them beyond just using sunscreen!

    • Glad you found it useful. Quite a diverse family you have, Lauren, that’s awesome!

  • These are super great tips – never thought about tracking the UV before! Super smart! I’m huge into sunscreen during the summer.

  • Great post! I’m one of those who always burns and never tans, so I load up on sunscreen before I go out. I also avoid going out and spending prolonged periods in the sun when I don’t have to. It’s just not worth it!

    • I feel you. I always burn before I tan. My solution is to sunbath from 7 am to around 9:30 am when the sun starts burning. I don’t use sunscreen during those hours, because the UV rays are not harmful.

  • I hadn’t seen that Fitzpatrick scale before! I’m somewhere between a 1 and a 2 (lucky me!) so this is just the post I needed to read today!

    • I guess it’s now very common because usually dermatologist relate to it to identify your skin type. Glad you find it useful!

  • wow this was so helpful! And eye opening! thank you for sharing this!

    • Anytime! So glad you find it useful.

  • Such a good post! Super important to protect your skin all the time.

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  • Listening to the UV index is so important! I’m very fair and burn usually within 5 minutes, so I have to be ultra careful when I’m out in the sun

  • I am very fair and lived in Florida, Texas, and California. After my mom had a skin cancer spot, she insisted that we wear sunscreen all the time. So far I’ve been lucky, but I know my risk factor is pretty high because of all the exposure I had as a kid. I never heard that the UV rays before a certain time weren’t harmful at all. That is pretty interesting.

    • I think that depends on the area you live in. For central and eastern Europe, for example, until 9/9:30 in the morning is safe and healthy to get sun exposure and not block it with sunscreen. But of course, it depends on a lot of other factors: pollution, climate, frequency of exposure, etc. Better ask your doctor just to be 100% sure.

  • Awesome tips! I’m fair-skinned so I try to stay away from the sun as much as possible to avoid burning :) That scale is so interesting!

  • Great tips! It’s definitely hard for me to stay out of the sun all day but I’ll definitely try to follow these tips!

  • I got burnt last weekend and ended up with sun poisoning so this is extremely helpful. Thank you!

    • OMG, hope you’re doing better! Here’s spring is still struggling to come, so the sun is not burning yet.

  • Neely

    YES! I need this. I am so pale!

  • Adriana

    SUCH great tips! It’s seriously so important to take care of your skin in the summer – I learn that more and more each year!