Sun Protection Tips

By April 20, 2018Camping, History

Outdoor adventures are what it’s all about, but don’t get burned.

An active, outdoor lifestyle is great for your health. But when it comes to being outdoors, protecting your skin from the sun should be a top priority. We’ve made a list of good advice to follow when it comes to skincare and health.

Limit your time in direct sun.

The sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., so those are great times to be extra vigilant about using sunscreen and about finding shade. Remember: if your shadow is shorter than you, find shade.

SPF 30 is the bare minimum.

Every sunscreen you purchase should be at least SPF 30, broad spectrum and water resistant. While lesser sunscreens may prevent obvious burns, they will not prevent skin cancer. The SPF 30 rule also applies to chapstick and lip balms.

Reapply, reapply, and reapply.

According to Cancer.net, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours. If you are swimming or sweating, you should reapply every hour. Your skin needs protection all day, so it isn’t enough to just apply it once and forget about it.

Sunglasses aren’t just for style.

A good pair of sunglasses is a worthy investment for the health of your eyes. All sunglasses you where should have a 99% or 100% UV absorption. Always keep a pair in your car, and then another in your daily purse, backpack or bag.

Sunscreen isn’t only for the beach.

Dermatologists and skin cancer experts recommend that you wear sunscreen every day. Especially on your face. Many foundations have built-in SPF 30,  but check to make sure your daily makeup has sun protection. If not, really consider switching. For guys, just regular facial sunscreen can be quickly added to your morning routine.  Seriously, it’ll keep you lookin’ good and your skin healthy.

You need protective clothing.

While we all love tank tops and spaghetti straps, your skin doesn’t! Anytime you can wear sleeves and cover your legs, you should. Your skin will be grateful.

Sun isn’t fun for babies.

Babies younger than six months old should avoid sun exposure. They need to be completely covered in protective clothing and in the shade.

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