Summer is a time when family members spend a lot of time outdoors, at the beach, the park, hiking, camping and fishing. You name it, there is a ton of outdoor activities that keep you outdoor for hours on end during the summer months.

Stay Hydrated: It is extremely important to keep your skin and body properly hydrated. Drinking 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water throughout the day is one way of hydrating your skin. This will prevent damage and help detoxify your body.

Cover up: cover up your face and areas most exposed to the sun. Wear wide rim hat and sun glasses whenever possible and cover your arms and legs.

Protect: Sunscreen is your best friend on those days you stay in the sun for several hours. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors and reapply every 2 hours you are in the sun. Wear high SPF sunscreen of 30 and above to help block those damaging UV rays.

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Prevent Premature Aging: UV rays cause premature aging of the skin. Some of the signs include wrinkles, brown spots and dull coarse skin. The UV rays strip the topmost layer of the skin which can lead to inflammation, produces reactive molecules of oxygen which slows down the growth of healthy skin cell and destroy your body’s ability to naturally produce collagen and elastin.

Moisturize: Because exposure to the sun can thin the skin over time it is important to moisturizer daily. Using natural moisturizer will help keep the skin healthy by providing it with the nutrient it needs to fight damage cause by sun and other environmental elements such as snow, wind.

It is important to protect your eye area as the skin around this area is thin and will thin faster when exposed to harsh conditions. Use eye cream around this area daily to ensure it is kept moist. An eye cream with natural ingredients will work best and will not cause further damage to the skin.

Natural Products: Using skin care products containing Vitamins C and E will help to work with sun block to prevent damage. Vitamins C and E will give you added boost of antioxidants to fight free radicals and will help to reverse damage cause by the sun.

Remember some amount of sun exposure is good as it will provide your body with the necessary Vitamin D. However limit your exposure in the sun to 15 minute intervals before 10:00 a.m. and after 2:00 p.m. By limiting your exposure you will prevent melanoma which is a form of skin cancer.

To keep your skin healthy, drink lots of water each day, limit the amount of time spent in the sun daily, use high SPF sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours, and use natural moisturizer and eye cream to delay the signs of aging and help your skin stay healthy.

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