While school may be beginning for the students of the world, this doesn’t quite mark the end of summer fun for the rest of us. Those of us who are fortunate enough to keep enjoying the summer sun may be long-free from the classroom, but one thing is certain – everyone needs to keep up on summer skincare routines throughout the season.
Sun-damaged skin is an unfortunately common phenomenon that can result in sun-spots, age spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Protecting your face, therefore, is pivotal while swimming and enjoying other outdoor activities for the rest of the summer.
Apply Facial Sunscreen Generously
While this may seem like the most obvious suggestion, it is one of the most important. Whether you are swimming or not, you should apply sunscreen to your face at least 20-30 minutes before going outside and exposing yourself to the sun.
If you are swimming, it is pivotal that any sunscreen you apply is water-resistant. Even in this case, water-resistant sunscreens can become ineffective within 40-80 minutes while you are swimming, so you must keep applying it in order to avoid sun damage.
In addition to applying protective skin products, you may want to invest in swimwear that is made to protect your skin from the sun if you plan to spend the rest of the summer swimming in the sunlight.
The use of UV-protective skin cap, for example, can serve to protect your scalp and hair from the harsh rays of the sun. If you are not planning on diving underwater, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to provide a personal shade from the sun.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Sunburns and skin damage commonly occurs after swimming because UV rays, depending on the sun’s location, can reflect directly off of the water into your face.
If it is possible, try to swim in shaded areas that are not in direct sunlight. Alternatively, consider taking a swim early in the morning or later in the evening. Avoid swimming when the sun is strongest- usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. depending on your location.
While sun damage on the face can be repaired, you should always be weary about exposing the delicate skin of your face to the harsh rays of the summer sun. If you have questions about existing sun damage or are concerned about the possibility of sun damage, schedule a consultation online or call us at 215-503-FACE.