Summer is here and so is the summer sun! Before you grab your bathing suit and picnic basket don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
Sun damages the skin and even mild exposure can put you at risk for premature aging and even cancer. How do you protect yourself from the sun? Just follow these steps.
1. Wear Sunscreen…. Everyday
About 80 percent of the average person’s lifetime sun exposure is incidental. Any more than 15 minutes you can be putting yourself at an unnecessary risk. So if you leave the house, put on sunscreen. If you use a moisturizer, save a step and use a moisturizer with SPF.
2. Protect Your Eyes
Did you know that your eyes can get sunburn? Ouch! Sunglasses help shield the skin around your eyes from dangerous UV rays. Opt for a pair clearly labeled to block 99 percent of UV rays. Wider lenses best protect the delicate skin around your eyes and keep them looking youthful.
3. Don’t forget your lips!
There are many lip moisturizers with SPF, apply and keep applying throughout the day to keep your smile safe.
4. Try on UPF Clothing
While regular clothes can shield you, too, provided they’re made of tightly woven fabrics and are a dark color. Some clothing is specially designed to keep out UVA and UVB rays. As with SPF, the higher the UPF (which ranges from 15 to 50+), the more the item protects.
Example: a dark-blue cotton T-shirt has a UPF of 10, while a white one ranks a 7. To test clothing UPF, hold the fabric near a lamp; the less light that shines through the better! Also, be aware that if clothes get wet, protection drops by half.
5. Watch the Clock
UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try your best to keep in the shade best as you can.
6. Wear a Hat
Choose a hat with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim all around to protect the skin on your face, ears, and neck. Wide brimmed hats are in ladies, rock them and your skin will thank you for it!
7. Keep that Sunscreen On
Sunscreen wears off with exposure to sweat and water (yes, even the ‘waterproof’ kind). Make sure you reapply throughout the day!