If you decide to spend an exceptional long time in the sun, you are likely to end up with sun damage such as wrinkles and or age spots. With the right protection you can keep those blemishes at a minimum and guard against skin cancer. It can even help your skin heal if you’re already sunburned.
There are a few basic rules to follow to keep your skin healthy and protected from the sun’s rays:
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays every day of the year. It should have an SPF of at least 30.
- Limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UVB rays are strongest.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every 80 minutes, and more often if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat, broad-spectrum sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays, and clothes to cover skin that’s exposed to the sun.
The Breakdown - How to Protect Yourself from UV Rays
Sunlight is the main source of UV rays, but you don’t have to avoid the sun completely. And it would be unwise to stay inside if it would keep you from being active, because physical activity is important for good health. But getting too much sun can be harmful. There are some steps you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays.
Some people think about sun protection only when they spend a day at the lake, beach, or pool. But sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are in the sun.
Simply staying in the shade is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure. If you are going to be in the sun, here are some methods to help you practice the key steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:
- Put on a shirt.
- Apply sunscreen.
- Wear a hat.
- Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them.
Protect your skin with clothing
When you are out in the sun, wear clothing to cover your skin. Clothes provide different levels of UV protection. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts cover the most skin and are the most protective. Dark colors generally provide more protection than light colors. A tightly woven fabric protects better than loosely woven clothing. Dry fabric is generally more protective than wet fabric.
Remember that covering up doesn’t block out all UV rays. If you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through, too.
Sunscreen is a product that you put on your skin to protect it from the sun’s UV rays. But it’s important to know that sunscreen is just a filter and it does not block all UV rays. Sunscreen should not be used to prolong your time in the sun. Even with proper sunscreen use, some UV rays still get through. Because of this, sunscreen should not be thought of as your first line of defense. Consider sunscreen as one part of your skin cancer protection plan, especially if staying in the shade and wearing protective clothing aren’t available as your first options.
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