The warmest season of them all is the best time to spend more time outside. It’s not unusual to spend a few hours simply lying in the sun enjoying the heat. Unfortunately, the sun’s rays damage our skin and sometimes we don’t do enough to protect it. There is plenty to do to keep our skin from suffering in the summer. These simple tips will help keep skin healthy and glowing even during the brutal summer heat.

Drink lots of water

It’s easy for skin to dry out in the summer. Not drinking enough water only makes skin dry out faster. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkle which is motivation enough to stay hydrated. The typical advice to drink eight glasses of water a day is not wrong. However, that is for the average human in average weather. Hot weather calls for higher water consumption, especially if you’re being active and sweating. Also, coffee and other caffeinated beverages need to be balanced out with even more water.

Moisturize

Right after a shower when the skin is especially porous is the best time to lather on the moisturizer. Try lotion with hyaluronic acid as it holds 1,000 times its weight in water, supplying the skin with more moisture. Look for lotions that have SPF as well.

Lip balm

While coating yourself in lotion and sunscreen, don’t forget your lips. Sun blisters can occur on the lips from too much UV exposure. Thankfully, like sunburns, they eventually go away but not without hurting you. Save yourself from the pain and look better in summer pictures with clear and moisturized lips. Apply lip balm to keep lips from drying out. Most have a built in SPF to protect from the sun.

Apply Sunscreen

This may go without saying but sunscreen is essential in the summer months. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause burning or even skin cancer. The CDC suggests using anything with SPF 15 or above for UVA and UVB protection. WebMD says SPF 45 sunscreen blocks 98% of rays and anything stronger isn’t actually more protective. No sunscreen offers 100% protection. Remember to apply more than once. After two hours in the sun, reapply more sunscreen. Keep in mind that swimming and sweating also cause sunscreen to wash away so you may have to reapply more frequently than every two hours.

Eat Vitamin C

Summer favorites like strawberries and oranges are loaded with Vitamin C which is good for the whole body, including skin. Antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, and A, found in fruit and vegetables, work to fight against molecules known as free radicals that damage skin cells which can cause wrinkles and aging. Drinking eight glasses a day includes any fluid so kill two birds with one stone with a glass of orange juice!

Summer wouldn’t be the same without spending time in the sun. The best way to keep skin clear and soft is to limit exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. The above tips will do the trick to keep skin healthy through all the beach days, ball games and vacations this summer.