The sun is out and you want to get out there, too? Great! Outdoor activities are a wonderful way to have fun and enjoy all our state has to offer, especially on long summer days.
But whether you’re hiking, surfing, playing tennis, or just plain lounging on the beach, being healthy means taking care of your skin, too. After all, it is your largest organ!
So, if you’re looking for ways to keep your skin safe, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered (pun intended).
Read our six quick tips to help you stay safe in the sun, and then share them with your friends:
- Get stylish with a sun hat: Wide-brimmed hats are definitely a fashion statement — but they also help protect your skin from dangerous UVA and UVB rays.
- If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade! The sun’s rays are strongest between 10AM and 2PM, so that’s when you should take a break and chill out inside, under an umbrella, or on a covered porch.
- Protect those kiddos: Even one bad sunburn as a kid can double your risk of melanoma, a particularly aggressive and dangerous skin cancer. So make sure to slather sunscreen on your little ones, or even get them a cute sun hat of their own!
- Watch out for reflected light: Paddling in a pool or snowboarding down a slope? Watch out for reflected light, which can increase your risk of sunburn.
- Check your meds: Some medications can increase your sensitivity to UVA and UVB rays. Check with your doctor — and if you need to, pair your meds with extra sun protection.
- But most importantly, wear sunscreen every single day. Yes, even in the shade or if it’s cloudy. Applying a wide spectrum sunscreen is the number one thing you can do to protect your largest organ — and no matter how many times you’ve heard it before, it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder. Wear at least an SPF 30, and remember to reapply every two hours if you’re out in the sun.
Know someone else who could use these skin tips? Share this post with your friends and family on Facebook!