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As you hit the beach this summer, you may already be aware of the importance of slathering on sunscreen. However, did you know that there are other ways you should be protecting and nourishing your skin this season? It’s true – you are at risk for skin cancer as well as premature signs of aging if you are not practicing healthy skincare. Here’s what you need to know as you get ready to enjoy the summer sun, whether here in Chicago or on your next vacation.

Know Your Rays: UVB and UVA

The first step in healthy summer skin care is to know your sunrays. While you may have heard the terms UVB and UVA rays that come from the sun, you may not know the difference. UVA rays cause sun damage that leads to premature aging, while UVB rays are what lead to painful burns. Both types of rays are bad news for your skin, so be sure to check that your preferred sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays; these sunscreens are often called broad-spectrum screens.

Know Your Routine: Block and Protect

Your next key to healthy summer skin is your daily routine. Whether you are planning on a day at the beach or a run outside, you should apply sunscreen every two hours. Your sunscreen blocks the sun’s harmful rays. However, your protection plan shouldn’t end there. Recent studies have shown that using a topical antioxidant that contains Vitamin C can protect skin from increased cellular damage. Using sunscreen plus an antioxidant cream means you are getting protection for your skin and on the cellular level.

Know Your Next Steps

Your summer skin regimen should not be the same as your winter care. If you aren’t sure how to best protect your skin, or if you are looking for a topical antioxidant, call us for a consultation. We can point you in the direction of creating a simple regimen solution around Vitamin C and SPF bundles that will keep you safe and looking your best.