As the 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 or may not have known 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.
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.
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 your 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 clothing 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 you like; it won’t attract the sun as much as a dark colour.
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 me 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.
Stay safe in the sun! :)