Did you know that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can lead to early signs of aging and skin cancer? Now that summer is here, people are going to be spending a lot more time out in the sun. While fear of UV radiation shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the warm weather, it does mean that you need to be cautious when you go outside.
By practicing proper sun protection, you can protect skin from sun and avoid sun damage. So keep on reading to learn more!
Watch Out for the Strongest Rays of the Day
The sun’s rays are going to be at their strongest between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. During this time, it’s a good idea to stay in the shade. Consider planning indoor activities during these hours.
If you notice during the day that you have a relatively short shadow, that probably means that the sun is directly overhead and you should get out of the sun.
Keep Babies Out of Direct Sunlight
A baby’s skin is very thin and is still developing. That means that their skin is very sensitive. Any baby under six months should avoid being out in direct sunlight for too long.
If you can’t get inside on a hot, sunny day then you should look for a shady area. Use a stroller canopy, umbrella, or tree to protect the baby.
You should dress your baby in lightweight clothes that cover the legs and arms. Check with your pediatrician if it’s okay to apply sunscreen to your baby.
Use a Good Sunscreen and Use It Often
You want to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This means that you’ll be protected from both UVB and UVA rays.
Choose a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or more. You should apply this sunscreen twenty to thirty minutes before you go outside and reapply every few hours.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet, neck, shoulders, and ears.
If you plan to go swimming, then use a water-resistant sunscreen.
Wear a Hat and Protective Clothing
The best method for protecting skin is to cover it up. Pants and long sleeve shirts are great ways to protect your skin.
You can also look for clothes that have UV protection. Sun protection hats can protect your neck, shoulders, face, and scalp. Have a look here to learn more about these hats.
Look for a hat with a wide brim and neck flap.
If you wear sunglasses, make sure that they are designed to protect against UV rays to protect your eyes.
Practice Proper Sun Protection Today
Even though the sun’s rays can be dangerous, that doesn’t mean that you should spend all summer indoors. Instead, you can practice proper sun protection to make sure that you and your family stay safe while enjoying the warm weather.
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