Hey guys! Summer is right on top of us and we all love to be out in the sun enjoying the good weather but the first thing you need to protect on top of everything is your skin. I found this awesome pamphlet and wanted to relay the information on to you guys about sun safety first. Let’s jump right into it!
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun.
This is a tricky one and is often very hard to do, it’s definitely something I struggle with all the time and in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever done it before. By doing this you actually allow the sunscreen to absorb into your skin and it will allow for maximum protection against the sun as well.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. Applying more frequently after swimming, sweating, or towering.
Also another tricky one because if you’re going out for walks or hikes it leads to just another item you need to carry with you. It’s very important that you do this though because you won’t be protected past a certain amount of time.
- Use an SPF of 15 or higher.
This will help you reduce the risk of skin cancer. Please do not neglect your sensitive skin areas such as your ears, nose, shoulders, chest and neck.
- Use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen.
By doing this, you will protect against UVA and UVB rays.
- If you’re taking a swim or sweating, use a water resistant sunscreen to keep you safe longer.
If you don’t have a water resistant sunscreen, I just recommend reapplying consistently.
- Make sure you apply sunscreen even on cloudy days! UV rays are generated from the sun and that comes out daily, regardless if you can see it or not!
DID YOU KNOW
Reflection off snow and water can increase sun exposure by up to 50%.
UV levels increase by 4% for every 1,000 feet in altitude.
- Try to limit your time in the sun from 10AM-2PM during the hot summer months.
This is when your UV rays will be at their peak and you can easily get into sun trouble if. you’re not paying attention. Wear a sunhat to further protect your skin and head. Wear sunglasses for eye protection. Shade can reduce UV export by 50% or more.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should only be used on children over the age of 6 months.
Do you know of any more tips or tricks for tackling the sun this summer? Let us know in the comments!