3 Secrets to Skin Health This Summer

The sun is shining bright these days! Canada’s spring of 2016 is already ranking in the top 10 warmest on record. Summer may not officially be here yet, but it sure feels like it!

After weathering the freezing winds and whiteout snowstorms of winter, it’s high time to dust off our bathing suits and head on over to the beach.

Enjoying the sand and sun is easy but forgetting to bring beach essentials is even easier. If you’re braving the traffic this weekend to get feel the warm sand between your toes, we’ve created a list to help you as you pack your bags.

01. Sunscreen

This should be a no-brainer, but it’s also the item I almost always forget to pack in my bag before hitting the beach. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can handle the sun without proper protection. Dr. Islur personally uses and recommends ZO Oclipse-C Sunscreen SPF 50 for your face.

For full protection apply generously 15 minutes before going into the sun and reapply at least every 2 hours.

02. Protective Clothing

Even the best sunscreens should not be your primary defense against the sun. Minimizing time outside between 10am to 4pm, wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses are going to be more effective than sunscreen alone. Unfortunately, not all clothing protects against the sun. White cotton only has about UPF 5 or 7  — UPF is like SPF, but for clothes — colored cotton has UPF 10, and dark blue denim can have up to UPF 50. But, really, who wants to wear head-to-toe denim in summer?! Instead, look for sweat-wicking clothes with at least UPF 30; Patagonia has some great lightweight options.

02. Hydrate In The Summer Heat

When hydrating in the summer heat, water is your best option. Sports drinks may be needed through strenuous exercise and electrolyte losses through sweat, but keep a nice cool container of water within your reach. If you plan on popping some bubblies, choose drinks with lower calorie content and lower added sugar. Juices, sodas and sweetened coffee beverages can add unnecessary simple carbohydrates to your diet.