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Summer Skin: No to Burns and Bites

Re-emerging from the indoors during the winter months, it's time to get into summer. But, summer is only enjoyable if you are well prepared to protect your skin against the sun and pesky bugs.

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a time for burns and bites. The sun’s rays can cause serious damage to the skin, and the hot weather can make it difficult to stay cool.

The summer heat can be harsh on your skin and it's important to take care of it before it's too late. You can do this by making sure that you are using the right skincare products and following a proper skincare routine.

Another summertime danger is insect bites from pests such as bees, spiders, fleas, and ants. These bugs are everywhere and tend to be particularly bothersome. A bite can lead to itchiness, pain, and swelling- or even dangerous allergic reactions. To safeguard against these perils, follow the summer skincare:

  1. Avoid the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its brightest. Take your daily walk in the morning or late afternoon. Many insects breed in water, so stay away from stagnant pools and soggy grass.
  2. Block sunlight with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Apply sunscreen half an hour before going out and reapply every couple of hours.
  3. Cover up. Wear loose-fitting, tightly woven clothes that reach your wrists and ankles.
  4. Wear UV-protected sunglasses and hats with 4-inch brims to cover your eyes, ears, scalp, and neck.
  5. Keep dress colors neutral and keep perfumes to a minimum. Insects are attracted to bright colors and pungent odors.
  6. Use a spray to repel bugs such as ants, fleas, mosquitoes, and flies. A non-toxic, all-natural spray made from essential oils with no harmful chemicals is best.

Final Thoughts

Summer weather fun outdoors can leave the skin exposed to sun damage and bug bites. Not to mention other not-so-fun-for-the-skin summertime challenges. The best option is good skincare defense from burns, bites, bumps, itches, rashes.

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