April 26th, 2019 | Updated on May 16th, 2019
It is not uncommon to want to spend all of your free time out in the sunshine during the warm months of the year. The trouble is that the ozone layer is so thin anymore that the sun’s rays can be severely detrimental to the health and wellbeing of your skin.
The good news is that there are things that you can do to prevent sunburn and help your skin achieve a sun-kissed glow without damage. In this article, Doctor Ali Sadeghi provides some great tips for keeping your skin safe in the summer sun.
1. Use Sunscreen
It may sound like common sense, but more and more people are omitting the use of sunscreen out of laziness. Manufacturer’s have even made it easier than ever before by offering sunscreen in a sprayable bottle.
When using sunscreen, it is always a good idea to choose an SPF that is greater than 30. It is also important to use it on cloudy days as the sun can sometimes be even stronger on cloudy days as it works hard to beat through the nebulous matter.
It is also a best practice to reapply sunscreen every 2 years or more often if you are getting in the water.
2. Avoid The Sun Mid-day
The sun is strongest between 10 am and 2 pm in the afternoon. It is best to avoid spending your time in direct sunlight during these hours which can be difficult since this is right in the middle of the day. If you are going to spend time outside during this chunk of time, it is best to bring an umbrella or some kind of shade to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.
3. Wear Sunglasses And Head Gear
It may surprise you, but wearing sunglasses is a smart move because the bright sun can also damage your eyesight. In addition to wearing sunglasses, it is a great idea to wear a wide-brimmed hat to provide additional shade around your face and shoulders. The hat will also protect your scalp from getting burnt.
4. Check Your Skin On A Regular Basis
Melanoma can form years after you were exposed to the sun’s rays. That is why it is important to periodically check your skin for abnormal growths, marks, or growing freckles.
It can be hard to check all areas of your body, so employ a mirror or have a trusted friend or spouse help you check your body for unusual skin markings.
If you find something, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist right away to get it checked out. Early detection can save your life.
5. Avoid The Tanning Bed
With the best of intentions, people use tanning beds to obtain vitamin D and to get a sun-kissed glow in the winter months. The trouble is that using a tanning bed can significantly increase the chances of developing melanoma which is the deadliest of skin cancers. You could also develop cataracts in your eyes which would also be detrimental.