You WILL most likely be outdoors on the 4th of July.  It’s an American tradition.  For those of you located outside of the USA, the 4th of July is the Independance Day in the United States of America.  It’s the day everyone gathers with family and friends and celebrates the nation’s day of Independance.  Many outdoor gatherings take place.  From bar-b-ques to picnics, to lawn darts to volleyball, people get together and have a great time outdoors.  Here are some skin care tips you can follow for this day of Independance.

Use plenty of sunblock.  Wear your Panama Jack sunblock if you still have some of that lying around.  Remember when that was the most popular sunblock on the planet?  Whatever happened to it?  Anyways, that’s not important right now.  What is important is that you cover your face with sunblock, your body with sunblock, and your neck and chest with sunblock.  The sun causes wrinkles, and wrinkles are something you can NEVER reverse in life.  A wrinkle, much like they say about diamonds, is forever.  If you expose yourself to the sun, odds are you will wrinkle earlier than someone who does not expose theirselves to the sun as often.  If you do one thing this fourth of July, cover your body head to toe with sunblock.  You can thank me years later.

Another way you can prevent wrinkles is to cover your face and eyes from the sun.  This can be done by using a hat and sunglasses.  These not only can be a stylish part of your wardrobe, but they can also be a part of your skin care routine.  Think about it this way:  When you squint, you help wrinkles establish themselves on your skin.  When wrinkles establish themselves on your skin, they do NOT just jump out and go away.  They are there forever, whether you like it or not.  Of course, you can reduce their appearance with a wrinkle cream, but that is simply a cover up, and over time, the cost of wrinkle creams will hit your pocket book.  So, keep in mind these things.  Remember that a hat and sunglasses combination will keep you from squinting, and in turn, prevent wrinkles from forming because you will not be making those constant, habitual expressions.

Since you will most likely be basking in the sun the majority of the 4th of July Holiday, chances are you will be drinking a few cold beers if you are over the age of 21.  This means you will not only have the chance of being intoxicated, but you could also become dehydrated.  This is something you want to avoid at all costs.  This in mind, you need to hydrate your body with as much water as possible. If you can, drink a glass of water between every two cocktails.  Yes, you may find yourself using the restroom quite a bit, but this is much better than the alternatives.

Have a safe and healthy fourth of July Holiday, and remember to keep the aforementioned skin care tips in mind.

Karla A. Sutton is an anti aging expert who is working on her first book, “The Aging Race.” You can find her many contributions to the skin care world across the Internet and on her website.