What does sun smart really mean?
Spending the entire day in the direct sunlight seems like a good idea until you get home, look in the mirror, and realize that your skin resembles that of an overripe tomato. Staying sun smart should be a top priority for each person during summer times.
Nursing your sunburned skin back to health is a painful journey that requires copious amounts of aloe vera jelly.
Practicing safe sun is imperative as prolonged unprotected exposure can lead to skin and eye damage, heatstroke, and other unpleasant ailments.
This year, avoid getting a dreaded sunburn, heat exhaustion, or even dehydration by following these five sun safety tips.
Summer Sun Smart Tips
1. Be diligent with sunscreen
The sun’s rays are strongest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so if you’re unable to take shelter in the shade between these hours, be sure that you’re reapplying sunscreen frequently. To avoid burning, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply after sweating or swimming. Make sure you cover all exposed skin evenly so you don’t have certain spots that will be exposed and result in burnt skin.
2. Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible
When you aren’t jumping in and out of the pool, try to cover most of your skin with clothing to limit sun exposure. Wearing breathable clothing will keep you cool but very little light should be able to penetrate the fabric—you can test this by holding the garment up to the sun. Denim pants and a jean jacket will protect your sensitive skin from getting a blistering burn and be sun smart.
3. Invest in a fashionable wide-brimmed hat
Bucket hats have confidently made a comeback this season so you can be trendy and sun-safe at the exact same time. A wide-brimmed hat will shade your face, ears, head, and back of your neck from the sun’s strong UVA and UVB rays. Repeatedly spending too much time unprotected in the direct sun can cause damage that could later cause coarse wrinkles and skin cancers. So be sure that you pack the biggest hat in your closet! You will thank yourself in one day as your skin will remain healthier for longer.
4. Always wear sunglasses
We rely on our eyes to see the world around us, which is why we need to protect them at all costs. You should look for sunglasses or prescription lenses with full UVA and UVB protection to be sun smart. These sunglasses will have labels that say “UV400” or “100% UV protection”. By not wearing protective sunglasses, you could experience a retinal burn that may lead to vision loss. You may not experience the implication immediately but over a period of time you will start to feel the difference.
5. Drink lots of water
It’s important to replenish the fluids lost from perspiration while spending time outdoors. Always opt for a chilled glass of water instead of an alcoholic beverage or sugary soft drink. Neglecting your water intake while in the sun can lead to dehydration, which will make you feel dizzy and extremely fatigued. In order to stay healthy and hydrated, one should be drinking six to eight glasses of water on a daily basis, especially on extra warm days. So make sure you constantly have a full bottle of water closeby because it’s the sun smart thing to do!
When we are young we believe that it is very important to have nice bronze skin during the summertime. However, over time that ‘summer glow’ may impact your skin health much more than you thought. Over time the sun will leave blemishes, pigmentation, and wrinkles on your skin if you do not take the necessary precautions and stay sun smart.
Source: KK Publishers