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Summertime Skincare

shutterstock_196917404Fun in the sun is the reason we all look forward to summer. But swimming pools, ocean breezes, and the bright ultraviolet (UV) rays of sun aren’t so much fun for your skin. Dried-out skin is uncomfortable, sunburns are downright painful and the worst risk of all—skin cancer—is no laughing matter. As with many things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Follow these steps to take care of your epidermis while enjoying these warm, sunny days.

Avoid Tanning

Lying out in the sun slathered in oil is a time-honored tradition…and one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Besides the risk of sunburn, sunbathing increases the chance of getting malignant melanomas and can even lead to premature aging. If you just can’t avoid soaking up some rays, do it outside of peak hours (the sun is brightest between 10am and 4pm) and always wear sunscreen.