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8 Sun Safety Tips

Fun fact: sun protection is important throughout the entire year.

The summer heat can get scary, so it reminds you to look up for tips on sun safety for children and grownups. The truth is, UV rays can get to your skin all year long, and they can cause more damage than you’re aware of.

The statistics on skin cancer are not fun at all. Each year, more people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancer types combined. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer cases are related to UV radiation exposure.

It’s scary, but I’m not writing this with the attempt to frighten you. I’m writing it because it’s important to emphasize the importance of sun safety for every single one of us.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s see: how can we protect ourselves under the sun?

8 Simple Sun Safety Tips

1. Use a Good Sunscreen

Sunscreen is mandatory when you go out in the sun. But you want a product that’s free from harmful chemicals. You want an SPF between 30 and 50, especially if you’re very pale. Opt for natural versions of sunscreens that use zinc oxide as the active ingredient.

Aveeno, Thinksport, Badger, All Good, and few other brands sell less harmful sunscreen products than the ones you usually get at the drugstore. 

2. There’s a Right Way to Use Sunscreen

It’s important to apply sunscreen at least fifteen minutes before you expose your skin to the sun. You also need to reapply it, since you can’t expect a single coat to protect you throughout the entire day.

3. Wear Light Clothes

Nothing protects your skin better than light clothes. Sure; wearing a swimsuit all day long while getting tan by the pool is a more attractive option. But don’t do that when the sun is too hot. When you feel it’s too hot, take a swim, take off the wet swimsuit and wear some clothes.

4. Don’t Work at the Beach

What’s the matter with all those photos of freelancers enjoying life by the beach while making money at the same time? Or college students writing essays during spring break? Yeah; that doesn’t work. First of all, it’s not good for your laptop. But there’s something more serious: you can get carried away and ignore the fact that you had enough sun for the day.

You can get up really early to get some safe beach time. When the heat is at its peak, take a break in your room. You can work at that time. If you’re too tired, you can get help with essay or any other project you’re working on. Just don’t do the work under the hot sun.

5. Invest in Sunglasses

It’s not about fashion. If you don’t have too much money to spend, then buying a different pair of sunglasses every year is pointless. You’d be spending less money on a pair and you’d have several of them, but none would protect your eyes enough.

Invest in good-quality sunglasses like Shark Eyes. They will still look pretty, but choose a classic frame that doesn’t go out of fashion. Pay attention to the lens – that’s what you’re investing in.

6. Hats Are Cool!

Men, women, and children look really good with hats when the choice is perfect. The hat protects your face and eyes, but your hair as well.

7. Speaking of Hair…

It requires protection, too! Use nourishing shampoos, conditioners, and hair creams that protect it from the sun. Did you know that CBD oil was great for your hair? You can use a larger quantity as a mask before you wash your hair. But you can also apply a bit on the dry ends after washing it.

8. Always Read the Information Leaflet When Taking Medicine

Some types of medicine may make your skin more sensitive to the sun. If you’re taking any blood pressure meds, antifungals, anti-inflammatory pills, antibiotics, or any other kind of medicine, read the leaflet.

If it says that it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, then take extra care while taking it. 

The Sun Is Great, But Damaging as Well

We can be talking about baby or college students sun safety, but the tips will remain universal: use good sun-protection products, reapply them as needed, wear protective clothing and sunglasses, and don’t stay at the beach for too long.

Are you doing all that?

BIO: Elizabeth Skinner is crazy about skincare and makeup. She believes that with the right products, everyone can be and feel more beautiful. Through her blog posts, Elizabeth recommends different products and shares skincare tips for all generations.