Nothing quite calls you outdoors like the sight of clear skies and a brightly shining sun. Summer time is one time of year where we spend the most time outside. Unfortunately, there are genuine dangers to spending long hours in the sunshine. So what can you do to protect yourself and your family while you adventure throughout the summer? Read on for a few tips on sun safety that can help you avoid issues as you frolic in the heat.
Keep Things Covered
One of the easiest things you can do to promote sun safety is to make sure that you cover up skin that doesn’t need to be exposed for your comfort while outdoors. The longer your skin is exposed, the higher your risk of sunburn or other skin damage. It’s also advisable to utilize shade whenever possible. If you are going for a hike, opt for a trail with plenty of tall trees to block some of the sun’s rays. Even something as simple as wearing a hat and sunglasses can make a difference in your overall sun exposure.
Don’t Become a Lobster
It is irresponsible to discuss sun safety without talking about the use of sunscreen. Most people are familiar with sunscreen and its function, but many are unaware of what type they should be using for optimum protection from sunlight. The Skin Cancer Foundation maintains that SPF15 is the minimum protection you should use when outside with SPF30 and SPF50 protecting 97% and 98% of the sun’s UVB rays respectively. It is also not common knowledge that there are two types of UV rays that can cause severe skin damage. As such, choose a sunscreen with active ingredients to block both UVA and UVB rays.
A critical and easy to overlook component of sun safety is avoiding dehydration. Remaining hydrated means ingesting beverages that provide your body with water and electrolytes and avoiding drinks that help remove them from your body. Items that promote the expulsion of water are known as diuretics and include things such as glucose, alcohol, and caffeine. Unfortunately, the presence of one or more of these substances in many beverages limits the choices you have for protecting yourself. However, having the knowledge of how they affect your body empowers you to make a more appropriate choice.