Summer Skin Care

Taking care of your skin during the Summer

Having been born, raised and still living in Florida I’ve had my fair share of the Florida sun. Growing up we spent many weekends, at the beach, pool, and on our boat soaking up the summer sun. I don’t remember using anything with sun screen, or protection from the sun. I’d spread out my blanket, turn on the radio, grab my book and bask like a butterball turkey in the hot sun.

After becoming a mom I became more aware of the damages the sun can do to our skin and health. I’ve always covered my children from head to toe with sunscreen. It’s amazing how after becoming a mom, we start to think of the risks etc of doing certain things. Like roasting in the sun.

Summer Skin Care - Derm Doctors Suggest - Sunscreen and SunglassesWe do things like what I mentioned above, because we care and love our children, and want to protect them. But for most the effects of the sun isn’t something we have a lot of knowledge of. Many become more aware of the effects after a family member, friend mentions their story to us. There was a turning point for me when I stopped becoming aware and became educated. I have family members that have had to have growths, patches, spots checked and removed. My uncle had lip cancer, my cousin had lip cancer that eventually moved to inside her mouth. My uncle eventually passed away after the cancer returned and my cousin had to have part of her tongue remove and is living an ongoing battle now. Both were sun lovers and my cousin was my sunbathing partner when I was younger.

I tell you the above stories in hopes to stimulate your need to know more about sun and its damaging effects. Through my need to learn more, I learnt that visiting a derm doctor is important for everyone. While having my eyes checked not to long ago, the doctor mentioned I should have a mole checked by a dermatologist as soon as possible. I remember leaving his office somewhat annoyed, thinking “what on earth could an eye doctor know about moles anyways!” I later remember that he was looking at my eye through a microscope thingy and he could have probably seen the surface of the mole easily. I later called a local dermatologist and scheduled an appointment. My family history, age, and my prolonged exposure to the sun, year spent in tanning beds, I am the classic risk patient and visit regularly.

I will spent my summer smearing on sunscreen, more time in the shade, and being thankful that the years I spent unprotected in the sun didn’t cause much damage to my skin. Below are a few tips to help you protect your skin during the summer months.

  • Wear sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher (water proof is the best)
  • Protect your eyes while in the sun, by wearing sun glasses with uv protection
  • Wide brim hats can protect your head, ears and face
  • Lip Balm with SPF protection
  • Make-up with SPF protection
Remember protecting your skin is a year round effort, and doesn’t only pertain to the summer months.
How do you protect your skin during the summer? When was the last time you visited your dermatologist?

About Deborah

Thank you so much for visiting Scattered Musings of A Creative Mind, my family & lifestyle blog.I started SMOACM as an outlet for constant ramblings, it has evolved over the years as a place where I share recipes, crafts, product reviews, giveaways, articles on family, parenting and making healthy lifestyle choices.


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  3. There are a lot of way to help minimize the damage of the sun’s rays to our skin, but I guess the best one is to lessen the time of staying exposed to the sun.

  4. I always wear SPF 30 or above, ALWAYS! I’ve never visited a dermatologist, but plan to very soon!

  5. I have had to wear sunscreen and a hat when I will be exposed to the sun for any length of time since the age of 26. I was diagnosed with having an allergic reaction to sunburn (has a fancier name, but no need for that here). The good news for those who want to get a tan, if you wear sunscreen and DO NOT BURN, it will take longer, but you will not be damaging your skin beneath the surface where the cancer begins.
    Great post, Deborah!
    Blessings to you!

    • Martha, thanks for stopping by. Oh my I’ve never heard of being allergic to a sunburn, but completely understand it. I remember one summer I got extremely sunburned that days after it faded I had an itchy rash… Makes me wonder now. True about the sunscreen for those that want to tan still. It’s slower but safer.

      Blessings Martha!

  6. Wise words mate, however the body does benefit from the sun in many ways to. Guessing living in Norfolk England my exposure to sun is much less then yours!

    • Baldy, so true we get vitamin C from sun exposure. It’s good to get some sun, but make sure you’re protecting yourself at the same time. Let’s trade places for a while 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!!

  7. I worry about the sun a lot now that I am a mom. I never used to. I have always LOVED tanning, but this year I am fighting the urge so bad because I worry about my skin!

    For me it wasn’t so much about getting tan, because even “tan” I am still very white {lol} but it has always helped me fight my “winter blues”

    • Nichole, nice to see you again beautiful. It truly is amazing how things change after motherhood kicks in. I tan rather quickly and it’s a beautiful bronze color. But not sure it’s worth the later known risks.

      Thanks again for stopping in and sharing your thoughts!

  8. I’ve never visited a dermotoligist. I probably should! I have a new SPF 15 for my face. Hope it works nicely!! Today it’s gorgeous out so this was very timely!

    • Mimi, I will be honest it took me hearing the eye doctors concern to get me to go. Thanks for stopping by and yes use your SPF face creams and sunscreen. Thanks you again and enjoy your day!

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