As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, people spend more time outside. Although soaking up the sun can seem amazing, it can actually be damaging to your health. This summer, make sure to take extra precautions while having fun in the sun with these easy to follow tips to keep you happy and healthy all summer long.
1. Make Sunglasses Your Favorite Accessory
UV rays from the sun can be damaging to your eyes, and can cause serious eye conditions. Look for glasses that say “blocks 99% or 100% of UV rays”.
2. Use Sunscreen Sun
Damage to your skin can begin within the first 15 minutes. Be sure to apply sunscreen to exposed skin at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply every two hours. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 20 and broad spectrum protection to protect from UVA and UVB rays.
3. Say No to Tanning Beds
Tanning can be very harmful to your skin and increase the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. It is a myth that indoor tanning is safer for you; when you indoor tan, you are exposed to much more intense UV rays at a much closer proximity.
4. Clouds Don’t Protect You
Over 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can make it through the clouds on a sunny day. Take just as many precautions on cloudy days that you would on a sunny day.
5. Limit Outside Time
The sun is most powerful and harmful from 10am to 4 pm, if you have to be outside, stand in a shaded area where you are not directly exposed to the sun’s harmful rays or seek shelter indoors during that time.
6. Wear Protective Clothing
Clothing is our first line of defense for sun exposure. It can block most of the sun’s UV rays and absorb them. Wearing long sleeve shirts and wide brim hats can help protect your skin against sun.