It’s that time of year when no one can wait to get outside and soak up the sunshine. Who can resist a beautiful day outdoors? Before you head out the door there are a few things you need to do to protect your skin from the sunshine. While it is beautiful and a great emotional boost, UV rays from the sun can damage your skin and cause skin cancer. They can even increase skin aging. To keep your skin looking gorgeous, we have compiled a list of ways to protect it from harmful rays.
Sunscreen is the first step in protecting your skin from the sun! Use a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Put it on at least 30 minutes before going in the sun. Make sure to get all areas that will be exposed. Don’t forget your scalp and ears! Reapply every 2-3 hours and after swimming or sweating. If you are in an area that is closer to the sun or at a higher elevation, make sure to choose a higher SPF. All children, even babies, need sunscreen if they are going outdoors. There are formulas made specially for them. It is also a good idea to choose a daily moisturizer that contains an SPF. Be sure to get a lip balm that contains SPF as well.
Your eyes are just as vulnerable to the suns rays as your skin. Choose a pair of sunglasses with 100% UV protection. What girl doesn’t like to accesorize with a stunning pair of sunglasses?
Wide brimmed hats are the finishing touch to any summer outfit. Plus, they’re a perfect way to block sunlight from your head, face, neck and even your chest if they are wide enough. A brim of at least 4 inches is ideal.
Clothing that is loose fitting and tightly woven is perfect for protecting your skin from UV radiation. Choose light colors to help you stay cool.
Umbrellas aren’t just for the rain! They can help keep the sun from reaching your skin. You can usually find one for rent on the beach or purchase one from a store if you want one with a little pizazz!
Don’t Use Tanning Beds!
Research has shown that tanning beds are more likely to cause skin cancer than sunlight. It is important to avoid them altogether. If you like the glow of a tan, try sunless tanning options. They’ll give you the look without the harmful rays!
Following these steps will help keep your skin looking flawless and young! Let us know how you protect your skin from the sun while staying in fashion!