10 Easy Ways To Keep Your Skin Safe When Outdoors

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Summer is right around the corner and we all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun then, but often we forget that our skin needs protection the other times of the year and from more than just the sun! Thankfully there is a CVS practically everywhere and they’ve got all our skincare needs covered! 

10 Easy Ways To Keep Your Skin Safe When Outdoors:

1. Stay hydrated. I’m sure you have heard this 1,000 times, but it’s true! The healthiest skin is that which is hydrated. It is easier to heal itself when it’s not dry, and it doesn’t get small cracks in it that can let infection in. Always carry water with you to make it easier to drink it more often.

2. Never forget sunscreen. We wear it all the time. I know this will come as no surprise, but my desperately pale skin burns fast! We apply sunblock first thing in the morning, and then again if we are planning to be outside. The girls love to play outside and they know that before they even step foot outdoors they have to re-apply their sunblock. We are loving the convenience of the CVS Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen and the CVS sun stick. We use the spray on exposed skin and the stick on our faces. Don’t forget your chest and ears. Those are the most often forgotten! 

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3. Don’t forget to protect against those pesky disease-carrying bugs. CVS carries insect repellent too so you can protect your skin from bug bites and potential reactions.  

4. Always have Aloe Vera on hand. We learned the hard way about this one. My middle daughter has sensitive skin and we were on vacation in Turks & Caicos when it started to happen. She had been using sunblock, but she was out in the sun for an extended amount of time and her body did not like that. She developed sun poisoning, which for her was very painful skin and nerve pain without a sunburn. One of the only things that offered relief was aloe vera. We always keep CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel on hand just in case it happens again.

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5. Limit sun time. I bet you saw this tip coming a mile away! Our family rule is no more than 10 minutes in the sun without freshly applied sunblock. And no more than an hour and a half in the sun even with it. We do even less time in the sun for areas we are not used too because the sun level and intensity are different in different areas. I learned that years ago but clearly forgot. Don’t let that happen to you too!

6. Use the itch relief spray if needed. Protect your skin from yourself and your scratching. Itching and scratching can open up wounds and leave scars… plus it also increases the risk of infection. 

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7. Eat berries and other foods high in skin-protecting antioxidants. Not only do they taste good… but they are good for you and your skin too!

8. Don’t forget your moisturizer. Lotions protect skin from drying out on the outside like water does on the inside.

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9. Go outside in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid going outside when the sun is the strongest from 10-2. 

10. Stay in the shade and wear protective clothing. When it’s cool enough I always have my daughters wear long sleeves and pants when outside. They offer added protection from the suns rays. And whenever possible we stay in the shade!

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Did you know that CVS has a 100% satisfaction guarantee on CVS/pharmacy Brand products?

All CVS/pharmacy Brand products are 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. If you’re dissatisfied for any reason, you can return the CVS/pharmacy Brand product (opened or unopened) along with your receipt or invoice to any CVS/pharmacy store. They’ll refund the full purchase price — no questions asked!

This makes shopping for your skincare needs at CVS that much easier and better!

What are your favorite skin protection tips?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • I love all these great tips. I do agree that staying hydrated is more important than anything. My girls have very sensitive skin and I always keep some skin lotions as a precautions which suits them. Your post is really helpful to me. Thanks for the great share.

  • I think the one people forget is that being in the water actually makes it worse unless you are always totally submerged. The reflected light off the water can burn a kid up quick!

  • I did not know CVS had sunscreen. I will have to look for it next time I am shopping there. You got some great action shots of your girls. It looks like they were having a lot of fun!

  • My two sons love the outdoors and the beach. They love playing under the son! It’s a relief to know that I can get my hands on these great products to keep them protected. Thank you for sharing and for these tips!

  • I spend all summer outdoors either at the pool or at the lake. I need a good sunscreen and I will definitely check this one out!!

  • This post is amazing. It is so important to protect your skin even at an early age. It is very common to get melanoma from what you did to your skin when you were younger. Thank you for sharing this with everyone. It will for sure help a ton of people!

  • These are great reminders. We’ve been outside now that the weather is warmer and we equipped with all of this, especially with the grandkids. Thanks for sharing!

  • These are great tips! We always keep aloe on hand, I have super sensitive skin and so does my daughter….we burn REALLY easily!

  • I make sure i wear sun screen all year round. It is so important to drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated.

  • We are always outside, in the summer- so these tips are great. I didn’t even think of eating berries. That is a good one. I am crazy about sunscreen in my house!

  • Staying well hydrated in the summer is so important, but I know it is something I easily forget to do. I didn’t know that about CVS, I definitely need to shop there more often than I do other pharmacies.

  • These are great products for keeping skin safe from sun exposure. We always use an aloe vera aftersun too, it’s so cooling.

  • These sound like amazing tips! Skincare and protection are so important to us and I will have to check out some of these products with higher SPF!

  • I always wonder about melanoma rates in un- or under-developed tropical countries, where sun screen isn’t available or used culturally, and clothing is sparse. I mean…do they get it? At what rate comparatively? Thanks for the tips.

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