Summer sun has more of an effect on our skin than a bronzed tan: The sun’s rays on unprotected skin are like salt water on metal — corrosive.


Take care of your skin, immediately — only you can protect it. Here are some helpful summer skin tips:


  • Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water.

  • Your everyday moisturizer should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) even if you work indoors all day. Those few minutes that you’re outside in the morning, at lunch, and after work can still harm unprotected skin.

  • Apply sunscreen to your children before they leave for school in the morning. Be sure to cover their faces, ears, arms, hands, and legs. Recess and lunchtime (especially during the noon hour) is time spent outdoors.

  • Once home for the evening, wash your face (and your children’s) well, removing any excess cream that can block pores.

  • Moisturize your skin at night. Look for products that contain a cocktail of antioxidants, like vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins can help protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

  • Don’t forget your lips — apply a lip balm with SPF before going outside, even under your regular lipstick or gloss.