Summer is in full swing, which means that Americans will be spending their free time at the beach, lake, or pool. However, being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays for hours can have damaging effects on our skin, since skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
The following are effective ways to protect your skin from the sun:
All sunscreens possess a sun protection factor (SPF), which indicates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. The higher the SPF, the more protection the sunscreen has against the sun’s rays. Purchase sunscreens with a SPF of 15 at least.
However, it’s imperative to understand that sunscreen isn’t exclusively for sunny days. UV rays are capable of reaching you on cloudy days as well. So apply sunscreen, no matter the weather outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or so.
Cover your skin
In addition to sunscreen, clothing is another way to protect your skin from the sun. Dark colored clothing with tightly woven fabrics are the most effective against harmful UV rays compared to white or loosely woven fabrics.
Wear a hat
Hats which cover your face, neck, and even ears can prevent harmful UV rays away from your skin. Again, tightly woven fabric headwear offer better protection than looser fibers, such as straw hats.
They help protect your eyes from UV rays and the risk of cataracts. In addition, sunglasses help protect the skin around your eyes and prevent wrinkles from developing at a faster rate. Ensure that your sunglasses have full UV protection.
Stay in the shade
Limit the amount of time you’re in the sun. The sun’s rays are at their most intense between 10 AM and 4 PM. Rule of thumb: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are at its peak, and you should find shade.