If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you might want to check out the following tips for sun safety. Your skin will thank you!
According to WebMD, if you don’t practice smart sun safety, you are at risk for:
- Pre cancerous and cancerous skin lesions
- Benign tumors
- Fine and course wrinkles
- Discolored areas of the skin (called mottled pigmentation)
- A yellow discoloration in the skin
- A dilation of the small blood vessels under the skin
A woman’s skin is sensitive to aging, and until we find the fountain of youth we’ll have to rely on makeup and other cosmetics to keep a youthful, healthy glow to our skin. Smart sun safety tactics can ensure that there is no harmful damage caused by the suns’ UV rays.
To keep your skin healthy and protected, be sure to use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. (You can even find cosmetics that offer an SPF of 15 or greater.)
Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes or longer before you go out in the sun and reapply sunscreen every couple of hours that you spend out in the sun. If you are swimming, you need to make sure you are wearing waterproof sunscreen and will need to reapply sunscreen more frequently.
During the hours when the sun is at its peak (between 10 am and 4 pm) it is best to avoid being in direct sunlight. Try to choose shady areas to sit in.
Choose sunglasses that offer UV protection.
Wear long sleeved shirts, skirts, and a wide brimmed hat to minimize exposure to the sun. This idea might sound like an uncomfortable one, but you can wear something light that is comfortable in the heat without exposing too much of your skin to the sun.