Published: May 23, 2016
The increased awareness of skin care and protection from the sun has been hard to miss the past few years. Our skin is the largest organ of our body so it’s incredibly important that we protect our skin from the sun and potential sunburns. Sunburns are exactly that… burns from the sun. Most of us have experienced a sunburn at least one time in our lives, some more often than others, and know how uncomfortable is it. So we know it’s important to protect our skin, but what exactly do we need to do to protect ourselves? Let’s go through some of the must-know protection tips.
Don’t Leave Without SPF
So obviously if you’re wanting to protect your skin from the sun you need to apply SPF. Experts say any skin that’s exposed or potentially exposed to the sun needs to have SPF applied to it. Most people rush to put on SPF and don’t really get enough applied to the skin, it’s important to take your time to be sure you’ve applied enough of the SPF product to your skin and truly gotten every area of the skin necessary covered. Once you’ve applied the SPF products, it is suggested to wait around 20 minutes before heading out into the sun to allow the SPF to be absorbed into your skin. Most experts suggest applying products with a minimum of SPF 15. Additionally, you’re going to want to look for SPF products that protect against UVA and UVB rays this way you’re covered more thoroughly from the different types of sun rays.
While it’s suggested to apply SPF regularly, it’s also wise to cover your skin as much as possible. Wearing garments like hats or even clothing that has been designed to protect your skin from the sun (there are a lot more options coming out in this area), are great ways to keep the sun off your skin. Additionally, if you’re outside, try to sit in the shade as much as possible. Under umbrellas and things are great ways for you to enjoy the weather without your skin being overly exposed.
Note the Time of Day
The sun is at its strongest between 10:00am and 4:00pm, it’s advised to try to avoid the sun as much as possible during these hours. Because the sun is at its strongest during these hours, they’re the times when your skin is also most likely to get sunburned. If you have to be outside during these hours, be sure you’re following the above-suggested tips very strictly to keep your skin protected as much as possible to avoid any burns.
Since the summer months are quickly approaching, these tips are becoming increasingly more important to know and utilize. However, it’s important to know that keeping our skin protected from the sun is something that’s necessary ALL year long – yep, even in the cold winter months. So take some time to take extra care of your skin and make sure it’s protected in the best way possible so you don’t have to suffer from any potential burns.