Most of us have a mutual appreciation for the sun. Whether we’re spending a day at the beach, laying out by the pool, or boating down the river, we hope for blue skies and bright rays. Sunshine lifts our spirits, provides us with necessary vitamins, and gives many of us that glorious bronzed glow.
Unfortunately, the sun can also be extremely harmful. From dehydration to skin cancer, it’s vital that you takeÂ preventive measuresÂ before you spend time in the sun. Here are just a few tips everyone should consider when soaking up sunshine.
1. Choose Your Sunscreen Wisely
Using old sunscreen won’t do the trick. For starters, it’s vital that you buy sunscreens that are labeled “broad-spectrum UV coverage,” so that you’ll be protected against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for water-resistant sunscreens made with Zinc too.
Always read the label. Make sure there aren’t any chemicals that you’re allergic to. Most importantly, stay away from sunscreens containing Vitamin A and PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid) as they’re dangerous to your skin. Finally, don’t forget to check the expiration date.
2. Lather Up Where it Counts
When people apply sunscreen they often forget about the less obvious body parts like the scalp, ears, and lips. Doctors suspect that this is why we have so many cases of skin cancer that begins in these areas. When purchasing sunscreen make sure to remember lip balm with SPF 30, as well as a sunscreen spray for the scalp. If you don’t like the idea of having gunk in your hair then simply throw on a hat for fool-proof protection.
3. Get 15 Minutes of Sun Without the Lotion
Believe it or not, the sun is actually good for you. It provides vitamin D which aids in immune system health, as well as muscle, and bone strength. It also gives us energy, helps with sleeplessness, and assists to control blood pressure. Even more, sunshine improves our mood since it increases the body’s feel good hormone, serotonin. It’s no surprise that there are so many rehabs located in Florida, to help people escape from their addiction environments and place them in a relaxing, sunny place. The sun truly does wonders for the body, mind, and spirit.
Dermatologists and researchers are now saying that people should get 15 minutes of sun every day without the use of any sunscreen. That means if you’re going to the beach or the lake, avoid applying sunscreen immediately. Wait 15 minutes and enjoy soaking up the sun before you lather up.
4. Stay Extremely Hydrated
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Whenever you’re going to beÂ in the sun for an extended period of time, pack plenty of water, sports drinks, etc. Drinking enough fluids in the heat prevents dehydration. Not only is dehydration very harmful to your body, it’s also quite scary with symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath, and fainting.
5. Wear Your Best Shades
When picking out new sunglasses, look for those that block 99% to 100% UVA and UVB radiation. If the label says “UV absorption up to 400 nm,” or “Meets ANSI UV requirements,” then they’re a good pair to snatch.
It’s also wise to wear shades with wide frames so that they’ll block the sun from coming in on the sides. If you want to get fancy, consider buying polarized shades since they’ll give you an added feature of anti-reflection, and anti-glare with their specialized lenses.
Spending time in the sun shouldn’t result in heat strokes, sun burns, and cancer. If you generously apply the proper sunscreen, drink plenty of water, seek shade often, and wear good sunglasses, you can take pleasure in the bright, warm rays without any worries.