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Getting outdoors is a great way to be active—whether it’s a brisk walk through the park, a hike in the woods or another activity you enjoy. Just remember to protect your skin before you set off on your adventures.
- Know your poison ivy. And poison oak and poison sumac for that matter. It’s a good idea to have a bottle of special soap to remove the rash-causing oil on hand as part of your first aid kit. Ask your neighborhood pharmacist if they have this soap or something like it. Know what these plants look like. If you come into contact with them, follow the instructions on the soap soon after to wash your skin before a rash appears.
- Sunscreen isn’t just for warm weather. Sunburns can happen any time of the year. If you know you’re going to be out in the sun for a while, put on a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Prepare your skin for the cold, dry air. Using moisturizing lotions now is a great way to keep the skin on your hands and feet from drying and cracking once colder weather settles in. Plus, when your hands and feet feel great, you are more likely to enjoy a walk or other outside activities on those gorgeous, but chilly, winter days.
With these skincare tips, you can be ready to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities even as the temperatures drop. Check out this brochure for some ideas for getting outdoors and staying active in cold weather. Be sure to consult your health care provider before beginning any new physical activity.
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