Summer time is fasting approaching and so I thought what better time than to talk about how to care for your skin during the summer months.
At the entrance of spring, we do spring cleaning of our homes and wardrobes but what about the products we use to care for our skin? Some people have cabinets full of old skin care products that may not be as effective for the summer months.
When thinking about summer skin care, we can't do so without thinking about Earth's ozone layer. Our ozone layer, a thin shield of natural gas found in two different layers of the atmosphere surrounding Earth has been significantly damaged as a result of pollutions to the environment (hair spray, unnatural products such as soap and pesticides). The ozone layer is supposed to protect us from harmful ultraviolet rays emitted from the sun. These harmful UV rays can cause skin cancer. As a result of the damage the sun can do to your skin, it is imperative to use a skin protectant with an SPF level of at least 30 before going outdoors. SPF 15 is no longer sufficient to for summer time skin care. Also, regardless of what your product instructions say, you MUST reapply your SPF 30 skin protectant at least every two hours if you are outdoors or in the water.
Take note that even when it's cloudy outside and the sun doesn't appear to be shining, you are still exposed to ultraviolet rays. Clouds are not a protector from ultraviolet rays. Only the ozone layer can accomplish that and since ours is rapidly being depleted, we must use other means to protect our skin.
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