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Glowing Under the Sun: Your Guide to Sun-Smart Skin Care!

Hey Sun Lovers,

As we gear up for those sunny days ahead, it's time to talk about something super important: taking care of your skin under the sun's warm embrace. Yes, we're all about soaking up those rays and enjoying outdoor adventures, but let's do it the smart way, shall we? Here's your ultimate guide to sun-smart skin care!

1. Sunscreen: Your Skin's Superhero

First things first, meet your skin's best friend: sunscreen! Think of it as your trusty shield against the sun's UV rays. While it is important to get early morning sunshine on unprotected skin, you can do with 15-30 minutes to soak up the Vitamin D you need. After that, it's time for some protection for your largest, exposed organ...your skin. Remember your lips are part of your skin too and lip balm with SPF helps keep them safe too.

Choosing the right sunscreen is important. Opt for one with broad-spectrum protection (meaning it shields against both UVA and UVB rays) and an SPF of 30 or higher. Look for mineral based sunscreen to protect your health and the health of our precious marine buddies, the coral reefs! You can see my top recommendations here!

2. Apply, Reapply, Repeat!

Okay, we've got the sunscreen, now let's talk application. Don't be shy – slather that goodness generously all over exposed skin about 15 minutes before heading out. And here's the golden rule: reapply every two hours or more often if you're sweating or swimming. Your skin will thank you for the extra love and protection!

3. Seek Shade Like It's Your Favorite Hideout

Sure, basking in the sun feels ah-mazing, but don't forget to give your skin a breather every now and then. Seek shade under a cozy umbrella, a leafy tree, or even a stylish wide-brimmed hat. Not only does it keep you cool, but it also gives your skin a chance to recharge and stay healthy.

4. Sun-Savvy Fashion: Rock Those UV-Protective Threads

Who says sun protection can't be fashionable? Rock those UV-protective clothes like the sun-smart trendsetter you are! Look for clothing with built-in sun protection or simply layer up with lightweight, long-sleeved tops and pants. Your skin will thank you, and you'll look effortlessly chic while doing it! Make sure and remember your sunglasses, your eyes need UV protection too!

5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Here's the scoop: sun exposure can zap your skin's moisture faster than you can say "hello, sunshine!" So, keep that hydration game strong by sipping on plenty of water throughout the day. Your skin will stay happy, healthy, and oh-so-glowy – just the way we like it!

6. After-Sun TLC: Treat Your Skin Right

Last but not least, show your skin some post-sunshine love with soothing after-sun care. Think gentle moisturizers, aloe vera gels, and cool compresses to calm and hydrate sun-kissed skin. You can see my top picks here.

Your skin will thank you with that radiant, post-sunshine glow!

So, there you have it, sun seekers – your go-to guide for caring for your skin under the sun. Remember, sun protection isn't just a summertime fling – it's a year-round commitment to keeping your skin healthy, happy, and oh-so-glowy. Now, go forth and soak up those rays responsibly – your skin will thank you for it!

Stay sun-sational,

Dr. Molly, DC

PS: All recommended products have been personally researched, by me, for highest safety ratings, for their type, from EWG.

I care about your family's health.

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