This is the season for days spent beside the pool and relaxing on the sandy beach. Fun in the sun is something that people of all ages enjoy, and we don’t blame you! It is important, however, that the fun in the sun is being done in the safest way possible. Even day to day summer activities leave you vulnerable to sun damage. Lucky for you, staying safe in the sun is a breeze!
Sunscreen is the most obvious and most important method of sun protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be applied every day, even if you don’t plan to spend hours outside. This SPF can be found in creams, sprays, and even built into cosmetic products, so there’s no excuse not to use it! Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours to keep your skin protected all day long. Specially formulated sunscreens can be purchased if you have extremely sensitive skin or a very young child.
Clothing and accessories can be used to limit the amount of exposed skin you have this summer. Dark clothing offers more protection than lightly colored clothing, but once it becomes wet, it’s no longer a reliable method of protection. Pair your dark shirts and shorts with some wrap around sunglasses to protect the sensitive skin surrounding your eyes, as well as the eyes themselves. For even more protection, you can stand out in a large sun hat that creates shade all around you!
Staying Out of the Sun
When that large sun hat isn’t big enough to shade all of your exposed skin, it’s time to find some real shelter. Look for trees or umbrellas to stay under while you play outside. This will not only reduce the amount of sun damage that occurs but help prevent dehydration too. Sun damage can occur even on cloudy or overcast days. That means that even if you plan to stay out of the sun, you should still apply an SPF for extra protection! Extended sun exposure can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
Encourage your family and friends to follow these sun safety tips while you enjoy time with them outside this summer. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and the first thing people notice about you – why wouldn’t you want to protect it?