Summertime is undoubtedly one of the best seasons of the year, with its beautiful sunny days, time spent on the beach or poolside, or exploring while doing some outdoor activities. Sun, sun, and more sun! Skin specialists say it’s good for your health to receive 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine a day in order to get the amount of vitamin D that our bodies need. However, too much sun exposure is not beneficial at all and can increase your risk of developing skin issues. That sun-kissed look may leave you feeling revitalized and beautiful, but you should never compromise healthy skin over exterior looks. That’s why sunscreen should form part of your daily routine.
Let’s be sun savvy and keep our skin safe and healthy this summer while enjoying our time outdoors.
Avoid being in the sun during peak times
The hours between 10am and 3pm are considered peak sun exposure times, where the sun is at its strongest, which leads to a greater chance of sunburn. If it’s unavoidable, be sure to stay in the shade wherever possible, under an umbrella, a shady tree, or anything that will provide shelter. And remember, when you know you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, whether fully exposed in the sun or in the shade, you should always use sunscreen.
Wear sunscreen when outdoors
Choose any sunscreen with protection between 15 and 50 SPF. Studies show that those with a higher SPF than that don’t offer much more protection. The key is to re-apply throughout the day, as protection only lasts around two hours, especially after getting out of the water. Look for a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum coverage, like UVA and UVB, which protects against aging and the sun’s rays as well. Avoid ones that contain vitamin A, which can increase your risk of developing skin issues. Look out for the ingredient oxybenzone, as it can interfere with hormones, as well as cause allergic reactions.
Wear protective clothing
Some items of clothing are specifically designed and are made to protect you from the sun. Look for a label that says UPF 50, which means that it contains a component in the fabric proven to block out the sun’s rays. Opt for a wide-brimmed hat instead of a baseball cap to protect not only the top of your head but your ears and the back of your neck as well. Sunglasses can make a world of difference in protecting your eyes, and the sensitive area around your eyes. Be sure to use those that have proper UVA and UVB protection, otherwise they won’t be as effective.
Check if your medication increases your sensitivity to the sun
Some medications can make you more sensitive to sunlight and increase your chances of sunburn and pigmentation. Medications such as antihistamines, antibiotics, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatories can result in heightened sensitivity to the sun. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if that’s the case, so you can be prepared.
Over and above making sure you protect yourself from the sun, you should moisturize your skin by using a mild soap and applying body lotion after sun exposure. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the sun and be safe at the same time. Have a fantastic summer!