No matter where you live, you should always be conscious about protecting your skin from too much sun exposure, but this is especially true in Colorado. Because we live at such a high elevation, the risk of skin damage from the sun is much more likely. While summer is not the only season you should be protecting your skin (the rays are just as harmful in the winter), these warmer days are a good time to start thinking about protecting your skin. Here are a few tips for keeping your skin safe and healthy this season:
1. Wear Sunscreen - Always
We recommend keeping sunscreen in your car, your bag, or next to your facewash in the bathroom. Sunscreen should be applied every day, not just when hiking or camping. Even if you are walking the dog or driving in your car, your skin needs protection from the sun. Get in the habit of applying to the most exposed areas of your skin each morning (arms, neck, legs, shoulders). And invest in face-specific sunscreen to use after washing your face each morning.
2. Wear A Hat (Or Keep One In Your Car)
Hats are great for shading your face when in the sun for an extended period. Keep one in your car for unexpected adventures.
3. Don't Forget Your Lips & Eyes
Sun defense chapstick and sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection are important as well - especially when outdoors all day. While it might be tempting to invest in cheap eyewear, you don't want to risk harm to your eyesight because the glasses are not protective.
Sun exposure on your skin and hot days tend to cause us to sweat more. When this happens, our body is losing water, as well as electrolytes. While this doesn't impact our skin directly, it does affect our overall health. Make sure to keep a water bottle with you all the time and drink the recommended intake daily.
5. Have Your Skin Checked
Our final tip: become familiar with your skin. Noticing new moles and freckles is essential. It's even more important to notify your doctor if something looks abnormal or out of place. Regular skin checks are a good idea if you spend a lot of time in the sun or live at higher elevations.