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Summer Skin Care: Your Guide to Healthy Skin in the Sun


By Colleen Silva, MD, Springfield Clinic Peoria Allen


As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, it’s time to embrace the joys of summer. However, amid the picnics, beach outings, and outdoor adventures, it’s crucial not to neglect your skin’s health. The summer sun brings with it increased UV radiation, which can wreak havoc on your skin if not properly protected.

UV radiation from the sun can lead to premature aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, and loss of elasticity. Moreover, prolonged exposure to UV rays increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Protecting your skin from the sun isn’t just about maintaining a youthful appearance; it’s about safeguarding your overall health and well-being.

So, how can you ensure your skin stays healthy during the summer months? Here are some practical tips:

  1. Apply Sunscreen Daily: Sunscreen is your first line of defense against UV radiation. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it generously to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and hands. Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating. Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm containing SPF.
  2. Seek Shade: Limit your time in direct sunlight, particularly during peak hours between 10am and 4pm. When outdoors, seek shade under umbrellas, trees, or canopies to reduce your overall sun exposure.
  3. Wear Protective Clothing: Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection can shield your skin and eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Look for shirts with a UPF of 50.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is essential for healthy skin. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out, especially in hot weather when dehydration is more likely.
  5. Moisturize Regularly: Sun exposure can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Combat this by moisturizing daily with a gentle, hydrating lotion or cream to maintain your skin’s moisture barrier.


While these tips can help mitigate the effects of sun damage, it’s also crucial to have a trusted dermatologist on your side. Dermatologists are medical experts specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin conditions, including those exacerbated by sun exposure. Regular visits to a dermatologist can help detect skin issues early on, provide personalized skincare recommendations, and address any concerns you may have about your skin’s health.

Dermatologists can also perform comprehensive skin cancer screenings to detect any suspicious moles or lesions early when they are most treatable. If you notice any changes in your skin, such as new growths, changes in color or texture, or persistent itching or bleeding, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.

Caring for your skin during the summer is paramount for maintaining its health and vitality. By following sun-safe practices, staying hydrated, and seeking the expertise of a dermatologist, you can enjoy the sun’s warmth and beauty without compromising your skin’s well-being. Remember, your skin is your body’s largest organ—nurture it, protect it, and it will continue to serve you well for years to come.


              Dr. Colleen Silva is welcoming new patients at Springfield Clinic Peoria Allen located at 9010 North Allen Road, Peoria, IL 61615. Call 309.232.8535 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Silva.