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Top 5 Sun Safety Tips to Get You Through Summer

The long, sun-filled days of summer can make for some wonderful memories. They can also make for some pretty spectacular sunburns. To ensure that your summer fun isn’t cut short by painful, peeling skin, it’s important to be attentive to how quickly the sun can damage it.

Even if you rarely burn, excessive sun exposure can result in premature aging and skin cancer, so keep in mind these sun safety tips when you head outdoors.

1. Apply Sunscreen a Half-hour Prior to Leaving the House

Don’t let an overcast day fool you. No matter how cloudy or cool the weather, always put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen each and every time you intend to go outside for work or play.It takes time for the lotion to absorb into the skin and protect it, allow yourself at least 30 minutes to let the sunscreen soak in before you run errands, go to the park, or hit the beach.

2. Avoid Direct Sun Exposure During the Late Morning and Early Afternoon

You may not always be able to stay indoors during the middle of the day. When a pressing engagement doesn’t require you to go outside, though, stay clear of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Direct sunlight hastens skin damage, so being outdoors during the midday hours can make you more prone to getting sunburn.

3. Put On A Hat and Sunglasses When You Go Outdoors

So you slathered the sunscreen on your arms and legs, and you’re ready to go, right? Wrong. The scalp, ears, and face are often damaged by sun exposure as well. Even worse, many people completely forget to protect these areas with sunscreen.

girl wearing sunglasses

Photo Credit: Alexander Shustov

 If you want to ward off damage to the delicate skin of the face and scalp, not only should you spread on amply amount of sunscreen, but also you should cover up with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protected sunglasses. For ultimate protection, choose glasses with 100 percent UVA and UVB coverage.

4. Reapply Sunscreen Often

Another common mistake that many people make regarding sunscreen is not putting on enough of it. A single application of broad-spectrum sunscreen is hardly adequate to protect your skin through an afternoon of gardening, swimming, or even reading in your backyard.

If you are engaging in strenuous activity that could cause your sunscreen to wash off, reapply it as soon as you take a break from your activity. If your only plans are to rest and relax, you should still put on a second layer of lotion after two hours.

5. Wear Light-colored, Tightly Woven Knits When Possible

Many people love summer precisely because they no longer need to hide under scarves, coats, and boots. When the temperatures go up, the amount of clothing often goes down. Especially when at the pool or beach, you may spend hours at a time in nothing more than a bathing suit.

Though an evident perk of summer, you should also consider the consequences of leaving your skin in the sun for so long. When you’re not splashing in the water, cover up with a light tunic or linen dress.

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Featured Photo By: Alexander Shstov

Anna Keizer

Anna Keizer

writes for Oubly.com, an online platform specializing in stationery cards. When she is not writing for Oubly, Anna enjoys writing screenplays and creative non-fiction. You can also read up on her daily adventures through her blog The Chicago DispLAcement

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