During this warmest period of the year, spending long time in the sun might lead to unwanted results. Though the sun has undeniably beneficial effects on life, it is necessary to avoid the sun or to have limited contact with it. Because sunlight is among the most important factors contributing to the premature aging of the skin. It causes freckles and unwanted spots on the skin to occur. The most significant harmful effect of the sunrays that has gained a scientific certainty is the increased risk of developing skin cancer. Experts explain how to be protected for your skin and body health, and nutrition.

Cool off with +30 protection and white clothes
Having stated that the measure to be taken in the first place to protect ourselves from the sun is to wear tightly woven, light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats, Ankara Medical Park Hospital Department of Dermatology Specialist Dr. Seçil Soylu recommended the following: “Sunscreen lotions prevents the UV rays from reaching the skin by absorbing, reflecting, and distributing their path. Sun protection factor (SPF) determines the effectiveness of creams. Higher sun protection factor means higher efficiency. Using creams with at least 30-protection factor during the summer months would be appropriate. In recent years, sunscreen product companies have developed various cosmetic alternatives such as sun block lotions for spotty, sensitive, dry and combination skin, and products with mineral and antioxidant contents.”

Do not stay in the sun between 11am and 3pm
“Re-use of the product is required after each contact with water or sweating for continuous and intensive protection from the sun. Once a day usage is not enough for protection, re-use your products in 3-4 hours. Be careful not to stay in the sun around noon between 11am to 3pm, when the sunrays become the most harmful. Other than these hours try to stay in the shade and protect especially children with an umbrella, hat, or by dressing them in white or light-colored clothing if necessary.”

Risk of disease
“Staying in the shade cannot fully protect you from the harmful effects of the sun. People with pale or pink skin, blonde-haired people, and red-haired ones usually do not bronze easily; sunburns occur when they stay long enough in the sun. As repeated exposure to the sun is combined with genetic susceptibility, the risk of getting skin cancer increases later in life. Children must use protective sunscreen lotions and this protection from the sun should be supported by dressing them in light-colored hats and T-shirts.”

Let your skin glow!
One of the most important issues of the summer is spots that become more visible. Brown spots that formed on cheeks, forehead, and lips are seen more commonly in women. Ankara Medical Park Hospital Department of Dermatology Specialist Dr. Seçil Soylu explains how to deal with them:

Solution for brown spots
“Dark spots on the face become lighter in winter and darker in summer. Creams that lighten their colors, mesotherapy, procedures such as PRP, and some chemical peelings can be applied in summer. Application of chemical peelings and laser treatments give better results in winter. During and after the treatment, a very good sun protection should be applied otherwise spots might reappear.”

Moisturizing mask
“Change your moisturizer with water-based products. Skin moisturizing masks, and exfoliating, cleansing masks should be used as often as needed, usually once or twice a week. Meanwhile sunscreens and tanning lotions used during summer cause dead layers and deposits under your skin. Peeling and purifying masks keep your skin clean and vibrant.”

Oatmeal mask: Put some cooked oatmeal on your face, and then wait for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water. This mask that you can also apply on your body cleans the skin, removes blackheads, and prevents oily skin.
Avocado mask: It is used to alleviate the harsh effects of winter. Add 2 drops of each olive oil and lemon juice into mashed avocado. Put this mixture on your face and wait for 10 minutes. This mask destroys the rough layer on your face and provides vitamins.
Lemon peeling: This one is applied to oily skin. 2 tbsp of each finely grated lemon peel and oat flour is mixed with 6 tablespoons of wheat bran. By adding a little bit of water, form it into an elastic paste. In a circular motion, rub it on your skin for 2-3 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.

Greet the sun by eating healthy
As the increase on the weather temperature becomes evident this month, dehydration is experienced and vitamins are eliminated from the body. Drawing attention to the necessity of restoring our bodies’ needs, Medical Park Ankara Hospital’s Expert Dietitian Bürge Köker has the following recommendations:

Turn your face to the sun
“Because of working indoors and dressing in layers during winter, our bodies cannot store enough vitamin D. Vitamin D can only be provided from the sun and supplements. Open your arms and walk at least 15 minutes your face turned to the sun, particularly from 10 am to 3 pm. Drink 8-12 glasses of water a day to meet your body’s needs. Do not forget that drinking more would lead to water retention. Do not wait to feel thirsty to drink water.”

Regulate the work of your digestive system
“Primarily to regulate your digestive system and your metabolism, you should eat plenty of high-fiber foods. This also regulates your blood sugar and blood pressure that have the risk of increasing in hot temperatures. Do not peel fruit and vegetables. Do not peel kiwi; consume apples and berries with their stems and seeds. Foods that contain probiotics such as yogurt and kefir should be on your table for every meal.”

Breakfast: Add half cup of buckwheat into 1 cup of kefir. Eat it in the morning after adding 2 chopped dates or dried apricots.
Snack: 1 tablespoon of blueberries.
Lunch: 1 serving of vegetables or 1 cup of vegetable bulgur soup, 1 or 2 slices of oat bread, plenty of greens salad.
Snack: 1 cup of yogurt with 1 dessertspoon of chia seeds, 10-15 cherries or strawberries.
Dinner: Salad with half cup of legumes or grilled chicken (1 tablespoon of raisins and 1 teaspoon of olive oil added), 1-2 slices of oat bread, 1 cup of yogurt drink with basil.
Snack: 1 cup of lactose-free milk, 1 tablespoon of seeded raisins.