If you live in a locale that has all four seasons, you know the beginning of summer means a serious lifestyle shift. Puffy jackets are retired in favor of tank tops, cozy nights by the fireplace are swapped for beachside bonfires and complaining about the cold is replaced by complaining about the sweltering heat.
While most of these changes happen naturally, there are probably a few cold-weather habits you’re unconsciously keeping up year-round — habits that could put a real damper on your summer fun. To help you shake off the winter blues, we partnered with Sensodyne® Rapid Relief toothpaste to share some small but mighty tips on ways to enhance your summertime routine.
1. Slather on the sunscreen
After a winter spent inside, or hiding behind several layers of scarves, those first rays of sun on your bare skin can feel like a dream come true. But if you’re not careful, that dream could quickly become a blistery nightmare. While most dermatologists agree you should be wearing SOME form of sunscreen year-round, that small dab of SPF 15 tinted moisturizer isn’t going to cut it come July.
Studies have long shown that regular sunscreen use — in addition to preventing painful and unsightly sunburns from wrecking your #SummerSelfies — can reduce the risk of developing melanoma, a particularly nasty form of skin cancer. If you want to live to see as many summers as possible, spreading on the ’screen is gonna be your best bet.
Luckily, this routine shift won’t take up too much of your summer lounging time. Just find a sunscreen that works with your skin, and apply liberally throughout the day. Remember, the higher the SPF, the better!