As summer comes, most people will take advantage of the weather by spending much time outside. While soaking in some sunshine after a cold winter may be wonderful for the psyche, but it can be bad for your skin. Sun exposure is a reason for more than 90 percent of all skin cancers. So, even on overcast days, safeguarding your skin from sun damage is essential all year. However, applying sunscreen is insufficient since no sunscreen, no matter what level the SPF, can give 100 percent protection. That is why a mix of sun protection methods, for example, a shoulder wrap, is required.
Because your body is exposed to sunlight daily, sunscreen isn’t only for the beach. Use a daily wide-spectrum sunblock on all exposed areas with an SPF of 15 or more that blocks UVA and UVB radiation. Also, look for SPF-protected cosmetics and lip balms. Use water-resistant sunscreen with a higher SPF on beach days. Apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before sunlight exposure, repeat every few hours, and even more regularly after a swim or after sweating, and check the expiry date.
Look for shade:
The sun’s rays are at their most powerful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when your shadow is smaller than you. Schedule outside excursions in the hours preceding or following this time. If you must remain in the sunlight during these periods, seek shade as much as possible (trees, umbrellas, and shelters). If you need a beach umbrella, look for one with a UPF of 30 or higher.
Think about wearing a rash guard rather than a t-shirt in the water. Wet t-shirts provide considerably less protection from the sun than dry t-shirts. Rash guards are composed of polyester and flexible material, and many of them feature an integrated UPF. Wear loose-fitting, lengthy shirts or shoulder wraps and long pants if you aren’t in the water. Tightly woven fabrics in dark hues offer better protection than loosely stitched fabrics in lighter colours. Also, look for UPF information on garment labels. Fabrics with a UPF of 30 are ideal.
Put on Hats:
Skin cancer is mainly found on the face, ears, scalp, and neck. Wear a hat with a broad brim to protect these regions. Look for a hat that is at least three inches wide the whole way around. Alternatively, pick a shade cap with a cloth in the back to protect your neck and ears. Tightly woven fabrics in dark hues, like clothes, offer more protection. UV rays can pass through the weave if you see through it.
Sun exposure can cause cataracts as well as damage to the sensitive skin surrounding your eyes. Sunglasses will protect your vision as well as your skin. Darker shades do not always provide superior protection. Dark hues lower the intensity of harmless visible light and do not filter out UV rays. Bigger frames or wrap-around spectacles provide the best protection.
Be careful with reflection:
Certain surfaces reflect sunlight, increasing your exposure to UV radiation. You should consider reflection if you are near water, sand, or snow. It substantially increases your chances of becoming sunburned. Apply a broad-spectrum sunblock to all exposed skin, including your lips.
Summer is unquestionably the finest season to be outside; however, the sun does, sadly, come with dangers and potential side effects, so be prepared to take care of yourself if you want to enjoy the nice weather.