5 Top Tips to Protect Your Skin From the Sun
Whether it be a day at the beach with the family, a Caribbean escape with your significant other, or talking the dog for a walk every morning, everyone needs to mindful of their skin health. The sun gives us so many beneficial things, such as Vitamin D, but it can also do harm when over exposure occurs.
How exactly can the sun harm us?
Sure, you have probably had sunburn before. It hurts and it’s unattractive, but sun damage can have even more lasting effects. Brown spots, red scaly spots, drying, wrinkling, and even skin cancer can all occur because of prolonged and unprotected sun exposure. Even a minor sunburn can destroy the top layer of your skin, as if it had been seared with an iron.
Even though we are all aware of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure, we have still become lazy when it comes to protecting ourselves. Here, we will share with you a few easy ways you can protect yourself and your family while enjoying the summer, and without sacrificing outdoor fun.
Probably the easiest way to ensure your skin is protected from UV rays is by covering up. This can be as simple as keeping a hat or umbrella in your car or bag for those unexpected outdoor activities. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. Here are the best ways to cover up during peak sun exposure:
- Wear clothing made of dark, tightly woven material. Lighter fabrics and colors don’t absorb ultraviolet rays as well.
- Wear a hat or visor to protect your face and scalp
- Keep your clothes dry, and bring an extra change of clothes. Dry fabrics protect your skin better than wet fabrics do.
- Sit under an umbrella or awning
This one seems the most obvious, but you would be surprised how many people go without sunscreen. Even the shortest trip in the sun can damage your skin, so SPF should be a part of your regular skin care routine all summer long. Another common mistake is skipping sunscreen on overcast and cloudy days, thinking that because you can’t see the sun, it can’t hurt you, and this isn’t the case. It’s important to use SPF every day.
- Choose a waterproof sunscreen for swimming and sweating
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours
- Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, depending on your skin pigmintation
- Be sure to apply sunscreen evenly, and rub in a spray on sunscreen well.
- Use a dermatologist recommended sunscreen if you have sensitive skin, especially on your face
- Protect your lips with an SPF lip balm
Avoid body sprays and perfumes
Most people don’t realize that applying a scented oil to your skin can harm it in the sun, but when in direct exposure of sunlight, it can act as a tanning oil and cause irritation and even burning, not to mention the bugs will be flocking to you while you sit outside trying to enjoy the weather.
If you still want the benefit of a perfume in the summer, use a body jewelry designed to disperse a scent, while protecting your sensitive skin. This is also good for those with certain allergies. Check out products by Scento, such as their drop necklace, which allows you to spray your favorite scent to an eye-catching pendant for all day scent.
Protect your ears, hands, and hairline
Often forgotten about areas that are still prone to sun damage are the ears, hairline, and hands.
- Wear a hat made of woven fabric instead of straw
- Apply SPF to your hands, ears, and feet
- Try a zinc oxide paste for particularly sensitive areas such as the nose and feet
Protect yourself from projected light and photosensitivity
- Apply SPF to under your chin and other exposed areas
- Be conscious of rays reflected from water, blacktops, and sand
- Some medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so talk with your doctor
Next time you are preparing to step outside, remember these 5 tips and reach for the SPF and a hat. Following these tips anytime you have direct exposure to sunlight will protect your skin, and most importantly, your health.