We've all heard the term hot girl summer thrown around this year — and our social media timelines are filled with women basking in the sun. While there's nothing wrong with enjoying a little summer sun to get a natural tan, we encourage you to be careful about extended periods in the sun without protection. Let's talk about how you can safely enjoy the sun (and a nice tan) this hot girl summer:
According to The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, young people in their teens and twenties are just as likely to be at risk for melanoma with extended sun exposure. The study concluded that adolescence is the most dangerous time to get sunburned.
You must begin to take care of your skin at a young age by applying sunscreen before stepping out to have fun in the sun. Your sunscreen should be broad-spectrum with a minimum of 30 SPF. Please remember to apply every two hours — or more often if you're sweaty or swimming!
Some women refuse to wear sunscreen because they don't appear to burn. It's important to note that you don't need to get a sunburn for your skin to get sun damage! Dermatologists say photo-aging, or the combination of age and sun exposure that negatively affects the skin's appearance, can occur without getting noticeable sunburns.
Gabriel Neal, MD, a family physician and clinical associate professor of Primary Care Medicine & Population Health at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, says, "Tanning is a byproduct of DNA damage — so, whenever you have a tan, it means you've hurt your body." Essentially, ultraviolet (UV) rays pierce the skin and start messing with your DNA when you hang out in the sun without sunscreen.
Madi Bella wants you to have healthy and glowing skin forever! So, take care of your skin by frequently applying sunscreen and drinking plenty of water this summer. This may be hot girl summer — but that involves taking care of your wellbeing while having a good time!