Planning on spending a lot of time outdoors this summer? Brush up on your sunscreen facts to keep your skin safe.
1. Don’t worry about getting a sunscreen with a super high SPF. You’ll need to reapply sunblock regularly anyway, so anything over 50 SPF isn’t going to make much of a difference. It’s more important to slather on a fresh coat of SPF every couple of hours. If you go swimming, reapply right after you get out of the water and dry off.
2. Stay away from spray sunblock. The spray may be convenient, but it releases chemicals that aren’t healthy to breathe in.
3. Make sure that you have enough Vitamin D in your diet, which will help keep your skin healthy. You may need to take a supplement if your Vitamin D levels are too low.
4. The best sunscreen companies make products with the right ingredients. You don’t want to be overexposed and at the whim of UVA rays. Make sure your sunscreen won’t quickly break down at that it doesn’t have compounds that could have an affect on your hormones.
5. Instead of hanging out directly in the sun, find a shady spot to setup for the afternoon. Or, take an umbrella along with you if you’re going to be lounging on the beach for several hours. It’s especially important to keep babies in the shade, because they don’t yet have skin-protecting melanin.
6. Sunblock isn’t your only defense against the sun. You can also protect your skin by wearing hats, pants, and long sleeve shirts when outside. Also make sure to wear sunglasses that block UV rays. If your eyes get too much sun exposure, it could result in cataracts.
7. Regularly check your skin for new moles or moles that are growing. Check with your primary care doctor if you feel that there’s something wrong. They’ll likely put you in touch with a dermatologist.
8. When applying sunblock to kids, test a small area of their skin first to make sure they don’t have an adverse reaction to the product. If you’re sending your kid to school with sunblock, include a note that gives them permission to apply it.
As great as you may look with a tan, the effects of sun exposure can be detrimental to your health and your future appearance.