Sun Protection Basics

Published: May 30, 2016

The weather is heating up and the sun is getting more and more intense.  Which means it’s time for us to step up our sun protection game.  There are so many different sun protection tips and tricks, it can be a bit overwhelming.  So to get back to basics we’re sharing some of the sun protections basics everyone should know and put into their sun protection routine to keep their skin looking it’s best!

Adopt the Right Kind of Sunscreen
You may think sunscreen is sunscreen…but it’s not!  It’s super important that when selecting a sunscreen you use a product that protects against UVA and UVB rays.  This will help to make sure your skin is protected from both types of the sun’s rays and considered to be a broad spectrum product.

Give Your Skin Time Before Getting in the Sun
Once you’ve applied your broad spectrum sunscreen it’s important you wait 20-30 minutes before you get in the sun.  This will give your skin a chance to absorb the sunscreen and create that healthy barrier before exposing your skin to the sun right away.

Consider the Time of Day
The sun is at its strongest between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, if possible try to plan your outdoor activities around those times so you’re out of the sun as much as possible during those hours.

Cover Your Skin
If you are outside in the sun it’s advised that you cover your skin as much as possible, especially during the peak hours.  Sunglasses, hats and protective clothing are great ways to keep your skin protected.

Don’t Miss the Sensitive Areas
Many people often forget to protect their eyes and lips from the sun, and they’re incredibly sensitive areas to the sun.  Sunglasses are extremely important, so when you’re outdoors in the sun make sure you have sunglasses on at all times.  Additionally, don’t forget to protect your lips your lips are incredibly sensitive and can experience sun damage very quickly.  Look for SPF lip care products and apply them often to keep the skin on your lips as healthy and protected as possible.

Stay Hydrated
We know, you’re tired of hearing about staying hydrated but when you’re out in the sun it’s easy to become dehydrated and it greatly affects your skin’s health.  Make sure you have water with you at all times when you’re outdoors and keep up with drinking water as often as possible.  This will help make sure you and your skin stays hydrated and refreshed, it’s easy for it to get dried out between the heat and the sun.

All-in-all keeping your skin protected from the sun means taking the time to protect it!  It doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult to adapt these tips into your daily life in the summer months.  Not only are they easy, but they’re doable for us all.  Figure out how and when you’re going to adapt these sun protection basics into your life this summer and your skin will be thanking you in the future!

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