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Sunshine has lots of amazing benefits. It helps your skin produce vitamin D, improves mood and can help clear up acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Too much sun exposure can damage your skin, though. Since summer is here and we want nothing more than to lie out on the beach or spend the day barbecuing, we talked to one of our estheticians, Cecilia, to go over some skin tips. You can keep your skin healthy and spend time in the sunshine!

Wear SPF Sunscreen and Makeup

Sunscreen protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling. Scientists recently realized that UVA rays also damage the epidermis (outermost skin layer) where most skin cancers occur. UVA contributes to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers. UVB rays cause skin reddening and burns, and they tend to damage the skin’s top skin layers. These rays also play a key role in the development of skin cancer. This is why you want to protect your skin against these rays.

The most effective sunscreens contain ingredients that block UVA & UVB rays. Sunscreen works by filtering the light from the sun so that less of it reaches the deeper layers of your skin. Sunblock completely blocks the rays. Wondering what those numbers mean on the bottle? The SPF number represent the degree of exposure. If you’re wearing SPF 30, that means you can stay in the sun for 30 minutes more than you could without any protection.

Sunhats for Protection and Fashion

Sunhats are coming back into style, which is great because they offer lots of protection from the sun’s rays! They are great for protecting your face, neck and shoulders from burning. If you’re heading to the beach, a sunhat is the perfect accessory. You’ll look great and your skin will thank you.

If you want additional sun protection, check out UV shirts, UV swim suits and more. UPF 50+ is the highest protection rating clothing can have and there are plenty of options out there that will fit your active lifestyle.

Staying Hydrated

No matter the time of year, one of the best things you can do for your skin is drinking water. Hydrated skin is happy skin. Your skin is like a sponge. Without water, it stiffens up and your pores contract. This causes bumps and acne. When you’re hydrated, your skin is flexible just like a wet sponge. If your pores are pliable, they can release what gets trapped inside them, hence less acne and blackheads. Since the sun can dry out your skin, it’s important that you drink plenty of water.

Want more info on how to keep your skin healthy this summer? Schedule an appointment with Cecelia at our Park spa.

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