Summer — don’t you just love this time of year? It’s time to enjoy the Florida outdoors even more. It is also the time of year to think about protecting your skin.

I have heard all the excuses like, “I don’t have the time, and it takes too long.” In reality, it only takes a few moments to apply sun protection, and all you need is a bottle of sunscreen and a shot glass (chances are good you have one). This is the perfect size and dose recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists alike.

If you are too lazy to do that, well then maybe it is time to try an easy-to-apply awesome stick. There are some new products that are perfect for the season. One is a coconut oil (which is all the rage) and an organic sunscreen with zinc oxide by local company Waxhead. This sun block is free of all harmful petrochemicals and completely safe for babies and marine life.

There is also the world’s first drinkable sunscreen called Osmosis Harmonized H20 UV Neutralizer. Summer is also a time to stay hydrated from head to toe. Try Zim’s Crack Crème for heels, elbows and knees. Still looking for some more summer beauty tips to protect yourself?

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Check out these essentials:

  • You had a fab day at the beach (forgot your sunscreen) and turned into what I call “lobster girls and guys.” Ouch! After you get home, the skin gets inflammed, turns pink and then turns beet red. It starts to hurt, itch and the color is not very flattering on you. After that comes the drying and the dreaded peeling of your skin. You are fried. If this happens, take a bath in cool water and add a quart of milk. No time for a bath? Apply milk on flat cotton pads where you see and feel the burn.
  • Spent time outside and your face is burned? Cool that skin down by filling an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and freeze it. Pull out a cube and rub all over the face. Your skin will feel soothed and heal prettier, too. You can also use the inside of a fresh aloe plant.
  • Want even more of a face and body burn relief? Place a quarter-cup of oatmeal in cheesecloth. Tie it with a string and soak it in a bowl of water until it becomes cloudy, then splash the water on your face. The oats work as an anti-inflammatory to reduce redness. This can be used in a warm bath for the body, too.
  • Stay hydrated in the sun by drinking plenty of water, eating fresh fruit and snacking on some nutrition bars. Waxhead has several yummy bars that help to fuel your body with loads of powerful antioxidants and vitamins while you spend time in the sun.
  • Keep those lips hydrated and kissable with a lip conditioning balm or lipstick.
  • Prunes are great for the digestive track, but prunes are just plums that have dried in the sun. You don’t want to look like a luscious plum in your 20s and a prune in your 60s, do you? Get outside and enjoy the summer, just make sure you don’t regret it later.

Written by Noreen Young | Contributor