With the temperature hitting double-digits and showing no signs of stopping, it is especially important for you to protect your skin against the harsh Arizona sun and the dangers (i.e; moles, age spots and worst of all—cancer) that come when an individual is exposed to heat for an extended period of time.

Here are just a few tips on how to protect your skin this summer.

The first and most obvious tip is to purchase a top-quality sunscreen. SPF 100 is preferred and provides you with the best coverage against the damaging heat, given that you apply the recommended amount anything less could won’t provide you with complete protection.

Lip Protection
Another area of the body that is often overlooked when it comes to sun-protection is your lips. The hot sun tends to dry out your lips more quickly which could lead to cracking or even worse, bleeding. Buying a lipstick or lip balm of a SPF rating of at least 15 is enough to keep your lips moisturized and healthy. There is a ton of possibilities to choose from, with big names like L’Oreal, Carmex, and Burt’s Bees carrying their own lines of sun-proof products.

Proper Diet
Something as simple as eating the right things throughout the day can make a difference when it comes to maintaining your skin’s health. Drinking water is vital in order to keep your skin moisturized and yourself hydrated; the recommend 8 glasses a day is a good goal but a little more doesn’t hurt given the extreme summer heat. Seasonal summer fruits like strawberries and watermelon are a great pick since they have a high concentration of water. Leafy greens like lettuce and kale go great in a summer berry salad but and have a great water concentration.

A simple solution to help protect your skin is to wear the right clothing. Dermatologists advise people to wear light and airy clothing to prevent dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion. So, even if your little black dress would be perfect for the black and white beach party, it might be a better idea to wear the lacy white romper. Another item to keep on hand, or head, at all times is a nice pair of sunglasses. These will help you protect your eyes against the damaging UV rays and keep you looking stylish and cool no matter the weather.

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