Dealing with the Sun

What should a guy do to preserve his skin in the heat, sun and humidity? Different complexions and pigmentations require subtle handling.

There are a few more issues at hand beyond slapping on lotion and posting up in the rays – keep these tips in mind so your next tan leaves you looking baked, but not fried.

Be conscious of the time you’re laying outside and pay careful attention between 11 am and 2 pm, as the sun’s rays are the most damaging during this time.

Stay covered: with the sun’s increased intensity, choose a sunscreen with an SPF level and reapply often.

If you want a darker look and you’ve been outside several times using a high SPF formula, substitute for a slightly lower SPF and gradually work down. This will ensure a consistent and long-lasting tan.

“Keep an eye on your hydration; make sure you’re pre-hydrated,” says dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Fisher. “If it’s hot, you want to make sure you sweat in order to cool the skin down.”

When it comes to different complexions, those who are especially light-skinned should exercise considerable caution. “The lighter the skin, the more the damage,” says Fisher. “Darker pigments act as a base and will get instantaneously dark in sun exposure.”

Burns are a pain, but there are even more tragic long-term effects. “Darkening over a lifetime particularly affects the face, neck and arms, eventually leading to a permanent change to the body parts,” says Fisher. “Damage doesn’t occur right away; it accumulates over time leading to a variety of problems like uneven skin pigment, spots and even skin cancer.”

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