Summer is approaching, which means trips to the beach, friendly barbecues, fireworks, long summer days, and so much more. But with all of these outdoor activities comes the risk of getting sunburned or skin damage from the sun. Thankfully, this can be prevented by taking steps to keep you skin exposed to the sun for long periods of time without any protection. Allow yourself to enjoy every waking moment of summer, without worrying too much about you or your kids getting a painful sunburn by following these tips.
Sunscreen is an obvious protectant against the sun. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day, especially if you plan on exposing yourself to the sun. A sunscreen’s SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, measures how long skin can be exposed to the sun’s UV rays before getting burnt. If you know you’re going to be out for longer, use a higher SPF. Make sure to re-apply often, and if you are at the beach or pool and go in the water, re-apply as soon as you get out. Keep your kids from getting burnt by using a higher SPF as they have sensitive skin, but for babies under 6 months whose skin is too sensitive for sunscreen, keep them covered and out of direct sunlight for best protection.
Going into the shade periodically is crucial to prevent sun damage. This is especially true between the hours of 10 a.m to 4 p.m when the sun is the strongest. If you’re outside around that time, find a shady spot or use a sun umbrella to cover yourself from the sun. Try to plan outdoor activities that start before 10 or after 4 to spend the least amount of time in such harsh sunlight.
3. Cover Up
If possible, keep your skin covered up with clothes, hats, and sunglasses. Opt for bright colored clothing that is thick so as to keep UV rays away. Hats are perfect for protecting your scalp, face and the back of the neck, which are all sensitive areas to the sun.
4. Look Out For Changes
Make sure to monitor your skin for any changing moles or bumps. These can be signs of skin cancer and should be checked right away as a precautionary measure. If you notice a skin growth changing color, size, texture or has an irregular border, be sure to head to your dermatologist and get it looked at.
5. Skin Exams
With that being said about changes on your skin, it is beneficial to get a yearly exam just in case. If you spend a lot of time in the sun over summer, schedule an appointment for the end of summer or early fall.
Prepare summer sun by stocking up on sunscreen and other cover-ups and get ready to have a great summer!