Sun Protection Tip #1 - Wear SunscreenWe thought we’d start with the most obvious and overlooked sun protection tip--wear sunscreen. Here’s the science behind why it’s so important… The inorganic chemicals in sunscreen, including minerals such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, block the sun's harmful rays. The sunscreen ingredients do this by blocking UV lights the same way white paint reflects light. When the UV lights are blocked, they can’t penetrate your skin causing burns, cell mutations, or even worse, cancer. Apply one coat of sunscreen every few hours, and your skin will stay protected. Tip: The skin on your face is very delicate, so it burns easily. For that reason, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your face. If you’re worried about putting greasy sunscreen on your face, look for facial sunscreen that’s made specifically for facial skin. Aside from applying sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and a hat can help protect your skin.
Sun Protection Tip #2 - Wear a Swim ShirtPeople often get sunburns while swimming in pools, lakes, or oceans. There are two reasons this happens. The first reason is that people feel nice and cool in water so they don’t realize they are starting to burn. The second reason is that the sun reflects off the water’s surface. These reflective rays increase the skin’s exposure to harmful rays, resulting in sunburns. The best way to protect against getting burned while in the water is to wear a swim shirt. These special water-safe shirts can be found in any sporting goods or swimwear store. And, they can cost as little as $20--a worthy investment! Aside from protecting you from the sun, these shirts are designed to keep you nice and cool. Look cool and stay cool with a sun shirt!
Sun Protection Tip #3 - Limit Your Time in the SunModeration is key when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun. You can easily limit your time in the sun by…
- Going inside for a break every few hours.
- Sitting under an umbrella while at the beach or lake.
- Scouting out covered pavilions for outdoor lunch breaks.
How do you keep your skin safe while in the sun? Share your strategies with us in the comments below!