Health, Well-being

Save Yourself From The Sun

Many people enjoy spending time outdoors and soaking up the sun while participating in different types of activities. Unfortunately, the sun can also have a harmful effect on the skin due to UV rays. When you want to save yourself from the sun, there are a few important steps to take to protect yourself.

Apply Sunscreen

The most effective way to protect your skin from the sun is to apply sunscreen. Use a product that contains SPF 30 and apply it generously 30 minutes before going outdoors to ensure that it absorbs into the skin. The sunscreen should be water-resistant and applied every two hours, especially if you take a dip in the water. Sunscreen should also be applied on cloudy days when UV rays can still cause damage to the skin during the winter season. Lip balm that contains SPF will also protect your lips from burning or peeling.

Sunscreen can also be applied to the top of the eyelids, which is an area on the face that is extremely susceptible to skin damage. There are also many different makeup products that block UV rays and will allow you to avoid mixing your cosmetics with an extra layer of sunscreen.

Avoid Overexposure

It's important to avoid spending too much time outdoors when the UV rays are the strongest. Avoid spending time outside between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm and take a shadow test to determine if the rays are harsh. Shadows that are shorter than your body mean that you should head back indoors until the rays are less intense at a later time. Find shade if you are outdoors in the middle of the day by sitting under an umbrella or a patio cover.

Wear Shades

Protect your eyes from damage from the sun by wearing sunnies that are UV-absorbent. Choose a product that blocks up to 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Keep the sunglasses on while spending time by the pool or when you're laying out in the sand at the beach.

Cover Up

Covering up with different clothing items will protect your skin from sun damage without having to head back indoors during the spring and summer seasons. Wear wide-brimmed hats that will shade your face and neck and can also keep the sun out of your eyes. It's important to choose a hat that has a three-inch brim. Wearing a long-sleeve shirt or long pants that are lightweight and breathable will allow you to cover your skin without becoming too warm while outdoors. Clothes are essential when you're spending time at higher elevations when the rays are the most damaging.

Using an umbrella will also prove to be useful while exploring the great outdoors to shade your face and stay cool.

Use Tanning Lotions

Many people cause damage to their skin when they attempt to get a tan during the warmer months of the year. Instead of baking outside and causing your skin to lose its elasticity, opt for tanning lotions that can be applied topically. Tanning lotions will add a bronze tint to your skin and are safe to use. The results last for an average of one week and will allow you to have a sun-kissed look that will keep your skin youthful as you age by staying out of the sun. It's also important to avoid using a tanning bed to darken your skin color, which is just as damaging as the sun and can increase your risk of skin cancer.


When you want to protect your skin without spending too much time indoors, there are several tips to follow to avoid damage that can occur. With the right steps taken, you can enjoy the warmer weather outside while reducing your risk of skin cancer.

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