Can you believe spring is just around the corner? Along with spring comes a much-needed time to take a break from the daily grind and get away. Where is your spring break taking you this year? Will you be found with your toes in the sand, or in ski boots riding the slopes? No matter where you go, you’ll most likely be outside more than usual since you won’t be in your office. While outdoors, you need to consider how to take care of your skin so you prevent damaging it.
If you’re going to be in snow during spring break, here are some things to remember.
- Wear sunscreen. Many people feel like because they’re mostly covered up head to toe, no sunscreen is necessary. However, portions of your face are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays and can become terribly burnt, not only from the sun, but also from the wind. Make sure you’re applying sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. Sunburn is actually a big issue for skiers due to the UV rays reflecting off the snow. Don’t forget your lips too! Use chapstick that has SPF in it to protect your smoochers!
- You’ll want to use a heavy moisturizer for your face and lips because it’s common to end up with dry, red and painful skin at the end of your day. Dry and red skin can peel and be painful, and cause permanent damage as well. Moisturize your lips at the end of the day as well!
If you’re going to be in the sand during spring break, here are some things to remember.
- Wear sunscreen. Unlike your entirely bundled-up friends who chose skiing for their break, almost every part of your body will be exposed the sun’s harmful rays. Be sure you’re covering every part of your exposed skin with sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You’ll most likely be swimming, so use water resistant sunscreen so you don’t risk it coming off each time you take a dip. Make sure you reapply at least once or twice a day, depending on how long you’re outside. Remember that even if you choose to read a book under an umbrella in the shade, you can still get harmful rays reflecting onto you from the sand. Wear a cap or beach hat to protect your head, neck and face. Don’t forget your lips at the beach as well. Use chapstick that has SPF in it.
- Moisturize your skin! At the end of the day continue caring for your skin by applying moisturizer. The salty air can dry out your skin and it will be thirsty for a quality moisturizer to soak it up. Moisturize your lips well at the end of the day too!
Visit Dr. Sanaz Harirchian to find out what products she suggests for protecting your skin. She can answer all of your questions related to your skin. Book your appointment today with a doctor who cares about every aspect of your life.
Posted on the behalf of Sanaz Harirchian, M.D.
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