Five steps to protect your skin |

Five steps to protect your skin

Laurie Marbas, M.D.
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Laurie Marbas
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Are you using enough sunscreen? Your body needs to be covered with enough sunscreen to be effective and the best way to do this is put a shot glass full of sunscreen on your body. Your face needs a teaspoon and don’t forget to reapply every two hours. If you are swimming, consider using a waterproof sunscreen. You should be using sunscreen rated at 30 SPF for adequate protection and there is no need to go higher.

Do you pre-coat your skin? Applying sunscreen daily at least a week in advance of your outdoor adventure will help protect your skin by building up a layer and provide more protection.

Hydrate dry skin. After swimming, your skin has been exposed to harsh chemicals that could potentially dry out your skin, making it more vulnerable to sun damage. After swimming rinse your body and apply a moisturizer liberally all over your body. Don’t forget your face, neck, feet and top of your ears.

Put a halt to hot showers. Although long, hot showers feel good, they will dry out your skin, especially over an extended period of time. Instead, take shorter warm showers and use a gentle moisturizing soap.

Drink up. Water is essential to every component of your body including your skin. When out in the sun, increase your water intake accordingly and drink water before and after exercise. Focusing on your water intake will improve your digestion and energy levels. Drink at least eight glasses of eight ounces of fluid each day. All fluids will count but remember, not all drinks are equal.

Enjoy your summer and remember to protect the skin you’re in.

Dr. Laurie Marbas is a family physician at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle.

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