Do you love to work in your garden at this time of year? Or maybe your children love being outside more than you do, making their way to the swimming pool in the morning and not coming home until late afternoon. Whether you're walking the dog, mowing the lawn, or reading outdoors, I hope you're enjoying the sunshine each day. But before heading outdoors, it's important to take steps to protect your skin against sunburn and more permanent damage caused by the sun's UV rays. Take a look at a few tips to keep in mind before making the most of these summer days.
- Limit Your Time Outside During the Peak Period of Sunlight: Sunlight is at its highest intensity between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can avoid sunburn by limiting your time outdoors during this period.
- Wear Sunscreen With the Proper SPF: Look for sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. Also, make sure it's a water-resistant sunscreen that protects against UVB and UVA rays. This is known as a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Finally, read the label of the sunscreen and choose one that doesn't contain a potentially harmful chemical called oxybenzone.
- Wear Sunglasses and a Hat: A wide-brimmed hat can protect the tops of your ears and your nose, neck, and face from the harsh sunlight. Sunglasses not only provide protection when you garden or cut the lawn, but they shield your eyes from UV rays. I think it's a great opportunity to get the kids in the habit of wearing hats and sunglasses as well.
- Keep the Baby Inside: If you have a baby who is six months old or younger, it's best to keep them out of the sunlight. If you must go out for an extended period of time, put your baby in a stroller with a shade. Also, there are hats for babies that protect them from the sun as well as make them look even more adorable on outings!
- Invest in UPF Clothing: Did you know that some clothes are made to provide protection from the sun? Yes indeed! Some brands of shorts, bathing suits, pants, shirts, and more have a UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor. You can look fashionable and protect your skin at the same time!
- Consider Your Medications: If you're taking antibiotics, blood pressure medication, anti-inflammatories, or medicines related to chemotherapy, be aware that these can make your skin more vulnerable to the sun's rays. Be sure to read the materials that come with the medication.
- Bring a Parasol or Umbrella: If you plan to sit outside to watch a horse show or your child's soccer game, take a parasol or an umbrella to hold over you. A simple umbrella can provide shade and help you keep a little cooler while you watch an outdoor event. Plus, if the rain clouds move in, you're all set!
- Choose Your Cosmetics With Care: Consider buying makeup such as foundation with an SPF factor. Also, if you wear lip balm, choose a brand with SPF protection to protect the sensitive skin on your lips.
Taking some steps to protect your skin from the sunlight can help you and your family members enjoy more peace of mind as you head out to relish these lovely summer days. Thanks for reading. - Alan