As the temperatures start to rise, we are all eagerly preparing for some fun in the sun. But are you equipped with the knowledge you need to safely enjoy your outdoor activities?
Sunburn can be excruciatingly painful, leading to skin peeling, redness, and blisters. It can even increase your chances of developing skin cancer in the future. It’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, and the easiest way to do that is to use sunscreen.
However, not all sunscreens are created equal, and improper use can do more harm than good. Here are the dos and don’ts of safe sun exposure:
DO: Choose the Right Sunscreen
Not all sunscreens are created equal. You need to choose a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection, which means it protects your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Also, look for a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.
DON’T: Rely on Sunscreen Alone
While sunscreen is a great tool to protect against sun damage, it’s not enough on its own. You should also cover yourself with clothing, a hat, and sunglasses. And, when possible, try to avoid being in direct sunlight during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
DO: Apply Sunscreen Properly
Most of us make the mistake of not applying enough sunscreen. You should use at least one ounce (a shot glass full) of sunscreen to cover your body properly. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
DON’T: Use Expired Sunscreen
Sunscreen expires, which means that it becomes less effective and can even cause skin irritation. Always check the expiration date before using sunscreen, and throw it away if it’s expired.
DO: Be Cautious with Spray Sunscreens
Spray sunscreens can be convenient to use, but they should be used with caution. They should never be sprayed directly onto the face or inhaled, as they can cause respiratory problems. Spray sunscreen should be sprayed onto the hands and applied to the face and other areas. Also, be sure to apply enough of the product, as it’s easy to miss spots when using a spray.
In conclusion, enjoy the warm weather, taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Following these dos and don’ts of safe sun exposure, you can be sure to have fun in the sun while keeping your skin healthy and happy!