10 Helpful Ways To Protect Your Skin From The Sun

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Everybody needs the sun. It is an important source of Vitamin D, and basking in the sunlight just feels right. You might also look fantastic with a tan. Still, it is possible to overdo it with the sun. Getting sunburned can dry your skin, cause unsightly peeling, and worse. There are some simple precautions you should take to protect your skin from the sun.

1. Sunscreen

Some people only wear sunscreen to the beach, but you should put sunscreen on whenever you step outside. It smells nice and works well, but make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 15 SPF. It also helps to buy makeup and lip balm with SPF and waterproof sunscreen for the pool.

2. Shade

You can avoid the sun’s harmful rays by going outside at the right time—early morning or late afternoon. However, sometimes the most fun to be had outside is when it is sunniest. If you are playing in the sun, be sure to take breaks in the shade. Many public parks and beaches have umbrellas and indoor recreational areas.

3. The Right Clothing

Clothing can be made with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor). If you are going to get wet, wear a rash guard with UPF. If you are hiking or working outside, wear long sleeves and pants that are darkly colored.

4. Hats

Hats are the perfect way to lend extra protection to your face and neck area. Have you ever had the tops of your ears sunburned? It is not a fun experience. Buy a big-brimmed hat, and you will be the coolest person in your crew (both literally and metaphorically).

5. Sunglasses

Sunglasses with UV protection will protect your eyes and the fragile skin that surrounds them. With sunglasses, the bigger the better.  That is why you see people who are outdoors for work wearing shades that wrap around the sides of the face. Again, sunglasses will also give you a mysterious allure, especially when paired with a big-brimmed hat.

6. Weather Report

The weather report will typically give a UV index. If it is above six (on a scale of 11+), take extra caution if you must go outdoors.

7. Avoid Reflective Surfaces

You do not actually have to avoid reflective surfaces completely, so just be more cautious around them. Snow, sand, and water all reflect the sun. Whether you are skiing or surfing, wear sunscreen.

8. Medications

Many different medications can increase sensitivity to the sun. If you are on any medication, ask your pharmacist for advice about sunburns.

9. Sun Alternatives

By sun alternatives, we are not saying go to your local tanning booth. We simply mean, supplement your time in the sun with vitamin D-rich foods. That way, you can get all your nutrients without risking burns.

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10. Do Not Tan

Whether it is indoor or outdoor, tanning is an activity that greatly increases your risk of damaged skin. Basically, the best advice here is to learn to love your natural color. You look great already.