Summertime brings longer days, warmer weather and the need for a sun safety refresher. Excessive and prolonged sun exposure can cause sunburn. Sunburns look bad and feel worse. They can cause blisters on your skin. They can keep you inside feeling sore when everyone else is outside having fun. They increase your chance of getting wrinkly when you get older. And worst of all, they can lead to skin cancer when you are an adult. Don’t worry, we will help you keep your skin safe from the sun. Here is a list of some very simple and basic measures which you should take before stepping out in this weather.
Say Hi To Your New Best Friend- SPF!
Use a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Remember to put on sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going out in the sun so that it layers up nicely over your skin. Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours.
Be sure to put sunscreen all over your body. This includes some places you might not even think of- like the tops of your ears, the back of your neck, the tops of your feet etc.
Choose a water-resistant sunscreen if you’re going to be swimming or sweating a lot.
Don’t forget your lips! Apply a lip balm with SPF 45, 60 minutes before going outdoors.
When it comes to being safe in the sun, sunscreen should be just one part of the picture. Here are some other important steps to take to save your skin.
Make Hats Your Only Summer Fashion Accessory!
For maximum sun protection, choose a hat with at least a 3-inch (8 cm) brim all around. Baseball caps leave the ears and neck exposed, so they’re not the best choice for sun protection.
A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection.
Pick Up Your Favorite Sunnies!
Don’t forget that your eyes need protection from ultraviolet rays, too. Always wear sunglasses in the sun, and make sure they have a label saying that they block UV rays. Long term exposure to UV light can lead to cataracts and may expose the skin of your eyelids to UV radiation. Wear sunglasses in conjunction with a hat to optimize your eye protection.
If you want to block the sun’s rays, wear clothing that you can’t see your hand through. You may still get burned through more sheer fabrics.
Umbrellas Aren’t Only For Monsoons!
Carrying an umbrella with you is a very good way of keeping you safe from the harmful sun rays.
And Most Importantly,
Keep yourself hydrated!
Drinking water is an important part of staying healthy, especially when it’s hot outside. When you’re sweating, you lose water that your body needs to work properly. And if you’re playing a sport or running around in the sun, you lose even more water, because you sweat that much more.
So drink up and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Drinking before you feel thirsty helps keep the water level in your body from dropping too low (dehydration) when it’s hot or you’re sweating a lot with exercise.
Author: Muskan Sachdeva, Team Glamrada