The skin care tips in summer

1. Take to the shade as often as possible. For starters, try to stay in the shadow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays beat down the hardest. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, when you step outside, wear sunblock that offers an SPF of 15 (or higher) and contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Physically, these ingredients can block both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. So they provide better protection than chemicals that work by reflecting the sun’s rays.
Note that for adequate vitamin D levels, many experts recommend letting the rays shine on sunscreen-free arms and legs for 10 to 15 minutes two to three times a week.
2. Remember the basics. Apply lotion 15 minutes before heading outside, and reapply every two hours. To keep your head sun-safe, wear a hat with a 4-inch brim (perfect for giving extra coverage to easily burned ears, face, and neck).
3. Be observant. Check your skin once a month for changes or new growths to help guard against skin cancer.
4. Sip and sprinkle. Recent research reveals that consuming green tea and curcumin (an anti-inflammatory compound found in the curry spice turmeric) may help combat skin cancer. Packed with potent antioxidants, green tea may also reduce DNA damage to skin cells when applied topically, according to animal studies. In addition to choosing green-tea-infused sunblocks and lotions, drinking 3 cups of green tea daily and regularly including turmeric in your cooking may provide protection.
5. Keep your clothes on. Sunblock is a must, but it can’t beat sun-protective clothing when it comes to reducing cancer risk. Tightly woven garments in dark or bright colors (rather than white, pale colors, or pastels) are your best choice. For even more protection, look for UV-absorbing clothes labeled with the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of recommendation.
6. Live for lip balm. Protecting your lips is key to preventing skin cancer, yet research shows that fewer than one in four Americans wear sun-protective lip balm. Experts recommend using lip balm with an SPF of 15 (or higher) and applying it 15 minutes before going outside.
7. Cover your bases. Women were more likely to develop melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) on their chests in 2004 than they were in the 1970s. So when you’re showing a little skin, take care to apply (and reapply) plenty of sunblock to any exposed areas.

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