Ok, we admit, this Summer hasn’t exactly shaped up as being one for the record books. But don’t be fooled. There’s still plenty of sunshine and hot weather to come.
Earlier this month, we posted an article on hydration, to help your body maintain the fluids it needs.
Well, dehydration isn’t the only thing to watch out for when you’re out and about over the Summer. Sunburns can be serious skin injuries that can lead to even more serious conditions like skin cancer.
Here are a few tips to help protect your skin this Summer from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.
First of all, be sure to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Look for a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. While UVB rays burn the skin, UVA rays can cause premature aging, like wrinkles and dark spots.
Be sure your sunscreen is the correct SPF.
A mild SPF15 protection can prevent a sunburn up to 15 times longer than no sunscreen. And a water-resistant sunscreen is even better if you plan on playing sports or being active in the water.
Really pale skin should be treated to SPF50, for maximum protection.
Here’s another tip – We’ve all had those sunscreens that sit in the cupboard seemingly forever. Before you grab that bottle, remember, sunscreen does have an expiration date.
Check the expiration date on your sunscreen before stepping out into the sun!
Sunscreens aren’t magical potions either.
While applying a sunscreen offers protection from the sun, like anything topical you put on your skin, eventually the creams and sprays do wear off.
Make a point of re-applying your sunscreen throughout the day. This is especially important when it comes to kids, who can be overlooked playing for long periods out in the sun.
Another good tip for protecting your skin from sunburns is to wear loose, long sleeve tops and pants. Tightly woven, synthetic fabrics such as lycra, nylon and acrylic offer the best protection.
Dark clothing also blocks more sunlight than light clothing. You can even look for clothing developed with built-in sun protection.
Your eyes can be just as sensitive to the sun’s armful rays as your skin, in fact even more so! Always wear sunglasses or a brimmed hat when in the sun.
Glasses with 100% UV protection are best. And make sure they fit well. Having glasses that slip down to the end of your nose, exposing your eyes, will do little to provide eye protection.
If you choose to wear a cap, look for one with at least a 4” brim.
Finally, the old myth about getting a base tan helping to prevent sunburns is just that… a myth.
Sunburns are sunburns and can occur whether you have a base tan or not.
So, for all those who say “I’m naturally dark skinned”, don’t be fooled! You can burn too and all the tips above still apply.
Now get out there… enjoy the balance of the Summer and stay safe under the sun!