Summer time and sunshine: Tips to keep your skin protected

For most of us, summer is filled with many outdoor activities. Whether you’re spending the day on the boat with family, or having a backyard BBQ with friends, it’s important to have fun—but it’s also important to keep your skin protected from the bright summer sun.

Ultraviolet radiation is no joke. Its effects on your skin can cause damage for years.  So, here are a few tips from the American Cancer Society to keep your skin safe, glowing and beautiful.



There are many ways to keep your skin protected—and it’s important that you choose the method best for you and your family.

According to the American Cancer Society, doctors are learning that vitamin D has many health benefits, and it might even lower the risk of some cancers. Our bodies produce vitamin D but how much depends on a few things, including our age, our skin pigmentation and how strong the sunlight is where we live. So those of you who live in Florida might produce a lot more vitamin D than us Minnesota folks.

Don’t run outside just yet. Doctors still recommend getting vitamin D from your diet or vitamin supplements rather than from sun exposure, because dietary sources are typically more reliable to the proper amount of nutrients that your body needs.

Question for you: do you protect your skin as much as you should?

Now, get out and enjoy the sun! Just not too much. Hope you all have a fun, and safe, 4th of July!


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