5 Ways to Protect Your Skin this Summer

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Summer is about sun, swimming and no school. As a stay at home mom,  my additional duties include figuring out what to do with three kids all day before they drive me up the wall.

We’ve been on the go. Bunny has been taking notes and ready to write. As busy as we’ve been, he says that it’s because he hasn’t had time, I think it’s because he’d rather play Minecraft… half a dozen, right?

Taking the mornings to hit up some local museums and afternoons at the pool. Luckily tons of friends surround us so that an afternoon of water play is as eventful as going to the water park.

As much as I wish it could just be fun and games, I want to make sure that my family is protected. Even though we have more melanin in our skin, which means it’s harder to tan and to burn, it’s really important that we pay attention to our skin health. I want to keep these beauties around as long as I can!

Norton Museum visit

Here are 5 Ways to Protect Your Skin this Summer

1. Keep the Sunscreen Flowing

I am the worst about applying sunscreen. I forget to put it on and rarely burn, so it’s not normally at the top of my list.

For my kids, however, they get it regularly. Running around all day can hit you with just as much UV light as an hour in the pool. For them, I look for a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30. I try to cover the often missed spots of lips, ears, around the eyes, neck, hands and feet. It is also important to reapply every couple of hours, or more if the kids are active.

2. Wear a Fabulous Hat

I personally can’t stand a hat, but I know it’s necessary. One hat that has occasioned my head is one that’s surely an embarrassment to my son. A shout out to my alma mater, this hat has a visible showing of how much time it has spent in the sun, in front of many of college football crowds.

 

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My hat doesn’t have much of a brim, but the wider the brim the better it is for you toward preventing skin cancer in often-exposed areas like the neck, ears, scalp, and face. Opt for a 3-4 inch brim that extends all around the hat. Unfortunately, baseball caps and visors shade the face but leave neck, lower face, and ears exposed. Isn’t this one fabulous?

Roaman's Wide Brim Black and White Straw Hat
From Roaman’s

3. Sunglasses are your Best Accessory

When I lost my sunglasses that my husband gave me last year, I was near devastated. I don’t like expensive things because of my fear of losing them or breaking them and not having the money to replace them. He took it surprisingly well.

Sunglasses are important because they protect your eyelids and the sensitive skin around your eyes, common sites for skin cancer and sun-induced aging. Sunglasses also help reduce the risk of cataracts later in life. So, I was happy to replace them with a pair I received from GlassesShop.com.

Purple Odelette Wayfarer from GlassesShop.com

These glasses (with their case) have been everywhere with me. They have classed up my casual outfits and have gone with everything I’ve worn. Granted, I often wear yoga pants and a t-shirt, but wearing these, I feel like I’m at least trying. Do you agree?

Not only does GlassesShop.com offer cheap glasses, but they also offer prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses. Thankfully, I don’t have to use a prescription, but I know where I would go if that were to happen.

I felt more comfortable wearing these glasses because I wasn’t stressed about losing them. I’ve been able to enjoy the summer worry-free. If you’re in the market for a pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses, they have a great promotion of receiving your First Pair of Glasses Free (excluding shipping and handling). If you’re ready to get your first pair free, feel free to click the link.

These have been great glasses. The only thing I could say that isn’t a glowing is that when looking at my phone screen, there was a colorful glare ~ a prism of sorts. It didn’t make it hard to read the screen, it was just noticeable.

4. Dress Light and Bright

Once summer arrives, smaller and lighter colored clothes come out of our closets and onto our bodies.  An option for keeping cool is to wear light colored clothing. Light colored clothing reflects light and helps keep you cooler. If you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through too.  Wearing sunscreen is still important when wearing light colored clothing.

You can also opt to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Tightly woven fabrics and dark colors, such as deep blue and black, or bright colors, such as orange and red, offer more protection. Water makes fabrics more translucent and more susceptible to getting tan or burnt through your clothes, so do not rely on a wet T-shirt.

5. Good attitude

During the summer, days are long and my attitude feels a little short. I think it’s because I have somehow become the entertainment for my little ones. Anywho, smile, and take the summer in stride.

5 Ways to Protect Your Skin This Summer by GlassesShop.com

Our summer break is only a whopping 70 days long and we’re already almost half way through. What ways do you protect your skin during the summer.

40 thoughts on “5 Ways to Protect Your Skin this Summer”

  1. Thanks for sharing these tips with us April. I love the sunglasses! I don’t like buying expensive sutff either for the same reasons you shared. The only thing I have that’s expensive is my handbag. Other than that, I pretty much get stuff at stores like Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Old Navy.

    I would have cried had I lost my sunglasses, I feel your pain. 🙂 I’m going to check out Glasses Shop to see what they have. I could use a new pair of sunglasses.

    Have a great week!

    Cori

  2. Wonderful tips! I need to get a good pair of sunglasses, I’ll be honest I don’t wear them ever. I get massive headaches when I do, so I need to hunt down a pair that I won’t get one with.

  3. Hi April! Great tips! Very helpful post. The sun is scorching hot and can be very damaging not just to your skin but hair, nails, and eyes too! I hope you and your family had a great 4th of July weekend! 😀 xx

  4. I try to stay out of the direct sunlight as much as I can–I think I get the most when I drive. I am terrible and always forget sunscreen–I really have go to start remembering!!

  5. These are great tips and I don’t think people realize how important it is to protect their eyes also. I am never without my sunglasses. I don’t do the sun so much anymore but if I do I always have a lip block because if I don’t and I get just the least little bit of sun on my lips, I get major cold sores.

  6. Great tips. I lost a friend due to skin cancer a few years ago which spread into her blood stream. Very important to stay safe int he sun!

  7. Sunscreen and hats are very high on my summer list of must haves. Good sunglasses are a necessity for me year round as we fight the sun in the summer and the glare off of the snow in the winter.

  8. It looks like your family is just like mine–constantly on the go this summer. I am pretty good at slathering on sunscreen and having my boys wear hats, but I can never get them to wear sunglasses. I always forget about the bright clothing colors to help combat the heat!

  9. Jennifer Williams

    We put on sunblock before we even head out the door and then carry it with us everywhere. Thankfully my boys are used to the sunblock, hat and sunglass routine. My youngest burns too easy not to be this way.

  10. I definitely have some of that down pat, but I’m not very good with the sunglasses part. I need to get a new pair for sure. I’m not sure I’d get prescription because I only wear my eyeglasses for night driving, but I love the options available.

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I always like wearing big hats during the summer! It helps keep my face from getting burnt.

  12. I have lost so many glasses I have lost count! We used many of the same things you mentioned. Although I have never worn a hat yet. My husband always wears a cap, but I think that is just to cover up his bald spot, shhhh!! I love your outfit in that picture, it looks so comfortable!

  13. I like all your ideas. Using sunscreen creams and wearing hats are something follow usually. I really love the one you have used here. I would love to buy one for me and for my family as well.

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