• The Once-&-For-All Guide to Safe Sun

    on May 30th, 2017

The Once-&-For-All Guide to Safe Sun 

One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, and 90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by UV exposure. Let’s face it, with statistics like that, it’s important we all protect ourselves, and our loved ones, from the harmful effects of the sun’s powerful rays.

Follow these practices to save face and stay safe under the sun:

  1. Sunscreen – this one is a no-brainer. Apply broad-spectrum 50 SPF sunscreen 15 minutes before being exposed to the sun and get help for hard-to-reach places like your back! Be generous in the application, and reapply every 2 hours.
  2. Protective Clothing – donning additional protective clothing like long sleeves and a big, floppy hat means less skin is exposed and is better shielded from sun beams and burns.
  3. Seek Shade – especially during the peak sun hours of 10am-2pm! By alternating between sun and shade, you can greatly reduce your risk of skin damage and keep enjoying the fresh air and great outdoors.
  4. Sunglasses – long-term exposure to UV light can lead to cataracts and may expose the delicate skin under your eyes to UV radiation. It’s thin, sensitive surface is also one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Preserve eyesight and skin with wraparound shades that offer UV 400 protection.
  5. Hydrate – outdoor elements like the sun and wind can really do a number on your skin, dehydrating it. Even though sunscreen in general is hydrating, the sun’s intensity increases the need for fluids. And don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water either! Because at that point, you’re already deprived.
  6. Stay Aware – see a dermatologist at least once a year and perform regular self-exams to detect abnormalities!

If your skin is starting to turn pink, the process of burning has already begun, and no amount of sunscreen can stop it. It is crucial that you get out of the sun immediately to prevent further damage.

There’s a certain stigma associated with sunscreen. However, when you think about the long-term consequences, the short-term inconveniences of applying sunblock seem rather trivial. Those that keep tabs on sun safety practices get the benefits of less wrinkles, tighter skin, an even complexion and overall a younger looking exterior.

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