Don’t let the end of summer put an end to your skin protection
Oct 8, 2023, 1:28 PM
SALT LAKE CITY – Summer is officially over, but don’t let that put an end to your skin protection. It’s important to keep in mind that you can still get skin damage.
In the latest Let’s Get Moving with Maria podcast episode, Maria Shilaos spoke with Jennifer Olejarz, Health Counselor and Certified Nutritionist, to learn some of the biggest misconceptions she found from her sun exposure survey as well as how we can keep our skin condition in check.
Simple skin protection tips
There are many easy ways you can protect your skin from the sun this fall. One thing you can do is cover up your skin as much as you can. However, there are certain areas that are nearly impossible to cover up all the way, including your face, hands, toes, and even your scalp.
Olejarz recommends keeping a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 in hand. She also suggests avoiding the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.
Myths about sun exposure
Olejarz found that a big misconception people have about sun exposure is that tanning is healthy. There was even a study that showed that over 90% of women think that a tan is a marker of beauty.
“That’s not necessarily true,” she said. “We need to get rid of that myth especially … It does increase your risk of skin cancer and skin damage.”
Olejarz also discovered that you can still get skin cancer even if you never burn. The more you expose yourself to the sun, the more you’re likely to get wrinkles, brown spots and dry skin.