It’s hard to resist the lure of the sun, but it’s important to protect yourself properly from it’s damaging rays, whether it’s on vacation or on a daily basis. For starters, good sun protection isn’t just about avoiding direct sunlight or hot summer sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), up to 80 percent of ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds or is reflected off snow.
Really the simplest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthy and looking young is to educate yourself about the sun’s effect on your skin. This does not mean you have to spend the rest of your life locked up in the house. Enjoy the outdoors, just do it wisely. If you following tips to protect your skin from the sun. You may decrease your chances of developing skin cancer and help prevent wrinkles.
The Sun Protection Tips for Perfect Skin
- Stay out of the midday sun (from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon), which is the strongest sunlight. Find shade if you need to be outdoors.
- Be aware of reflections off water, snow, cement, sand, and other reflective surfaces that can double your exposure to ultraviolet light. Avoid sun damage through windows, especially when driving. Note: Sun also penetrates water down to 10 feet.
- Most often it isn’t the day at the beach that does the most harm, but rather our daily sun exposure that leads to wrinkles and irreversible skin aging (yes, even in the winter!). An easy way to fight this sneaky accumulation of damage is to wear a light moisturizer with SPF under your makeup. SPF 30 is best, but 15 will suffice
- You need to protect the skin around your eyes, but regular sunscreens can cause lots of burning and irritation. Instead, look for an appropriate sunscreen stick or mineral powder. They’re designed to work on the thin, delicate skin around your eyes.
- Use a shot glass as your guide it takes a full ounce of sunscreen to adequately cover the exposed areas of your whole body, says the AAD.
- Limit your time in the sun, especially during the middle of the day (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), when the sun is at its strongest.
- Good food to help the skin includes fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains and lean meats.
- As for stress, it has been proven to make skin increasingly sensitive and cause breakouts. Make sure you are able to keep your stress at a minimum as much as possible and remember to enjoy life.
- Apply sunscreen to all the skin that will be exposed to the sun, including the nose, ears, neck, scalp, and lips. Sunscreen needs to be applied evenly over the skin and in the amount recommended on the label. Most sunscreens are not completely effective because they are not applied correctly. It usually takes about 1 fl oz (30 mL) to cover an adult’s body.
- For those with particularly sensitive skin, a foundation with a built-in sunscreen is the perfect daily sun solution, although best over an SPF infused moisturizer. Mineral makeups usually offer sun protection without the irritation and risk of breakouts.
Everything you need to know to care for yourself and your family while in the sun is in this site. A practical guide with tips and an easy to follow system to prevent the ill effects of too much sun.