Sun Protection In Summer
Summer means sun, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and bronzed skin. But with beach hair and shorter hemlines comes the dangers that not only instigate the probability of skin cancer, but the aging process as well. Sun exposure is, essentially, subjecting yourself to sun damage , but in the same note, avoiding the outdoors is impractical and nearly impossible. Taking preventative measures in preparing and caring for it are crucial in keeping your skin in tip-top condition for the ultimate skin-baring season.
Understanding the Dangers of Overexposure
Sun exposure isn’t necessarily bad,it is a key source of Vitamin D. As with all good things, however, keep exposure in moderation. The ideal maximum is 15 minutes before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. Anything over is considered overexposure, and any exposure during midday – when the sun is at its harshest – should be limited (if not altogether avoided).
Sunscreen is a vital part of summer sun protection and should be applied before heading outdoors. For the best coverage and to ensure you don’t miss a spot, put sunscreen on in the morning before you get dressed. Clothing can make it more difficult to apply an even coat on your body. Don’t be afraid to use a good amount and reapply throughout the day as needed. Don’t forget sunscreen isn’t just for your face and arms; make sure you apply plenty to your lips, ears and scalp as well.
While sunscreen is easy to apply, choosing the right one for your situation isn’t always evident. Walking down the sunscreen aisle in the store can be downright intimidating with the different choices available.
Understand what SPF means
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a number that indicates how much protection your sunscreen offers. The higher the SPF, the more protection you’ll receive. Technically the higher the SPF the longer you can stay in the sun without getting burned, but even when using sunscreens with a high SPF make sure to reapply every hour or two because sweat and water can cause your protection to wear off.
Avoid Peak Sunburn Times
The sun’s UV rays are strongest during the middle of the day, usually from 10 am to 3 pm. If possible, stay out of the sun during these peak hours. Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day; the sun can still burn even if it isn’t shining brightly, so cover up and use sunscreen whether it’s cloudy, rainy or sunny outside.
Drinking plenty of water is essential during the summer months. Although a bottle of water won’t keep you from getting a sunburn, staying hydrated will help you to enjoy your summer outdoor activities more and stay safe. Always take along plenty of water (more than you think you’ll need) and drink often. Sweat can cause sunscreen to wear off, so reapply often especially if it’s a hot, sweaty day.
So, enjoy the summer carefully!