Summer is here unfolding its high temperature. Hence, the soon-to-be crowded beaches. While it might be relaxing to spend a few hours lounging on your favorite beach listening to the waves, doing that is not risk-free. The use of sunscreen is compulsory yet that still might not be enough to protect you fully against the harmful sun rays.
Not enough protection and too much exposure will damage the skin. Knowing the do’s and don’ts of sun exposure, following the doctor’s advice, and the use of high SPF sunscreen are thus compulsory.
Still, there are benefits of spending time outdoors and there are things you can do to minimize the skin damage caused by too much or unprotected sun exposure. Here are a few things you should know before going out there to sunbathe.
No sun exposure without an SPF product on your skin
Whenever you hear that with the right sunscreen you can get a healthy tan, rely on what studies have found regarding the skin health problems caused by sun exposure. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. You can minimize the risks you’re exposed to when out there in the sun yet no product will give you 100% sun protection.
However, the use of quality sunscreen products is mandatory. Dermatologists recommend the use of an SPF of 30 or higher. Plus, the product you choose should protect you against both UVB and UVA rays.
Furthermore, it is best to use a different SPF for your face and go for a product that was specifically designed for such applications if you want to avoid getting spots, greasy skin, or eye irritation. Sunscreen products should be reapplied every two hours. Read the instructions of the product you’ve chosen and follow them carefully.
Don’t forget to protect your hair. A product that was formulated to provide your hair with the needed protection when out there should also be part of your kit. Not to mention a hat.
Protection is needed whenever you go out
One common mistake when it comes to the use of sunscreen products is that they are usually applied when going to get tanned. Once you’re out of your house, you’re exposed to the sun and thus to its harmful rays. Even if you’re dressed from head-to-toe, you’re still not protected.
The clothes you wear won’t give you the protection you need unless they are sun-protective items. Therefore, even when your destination is not the beach, you should apply the right sunscreen.
So, next time you go out fishing, for example, besides the gear you need, the rod, the plastic worms for bass, and other such items you take with you, you should consider using a product that provides both UVA and UVB protection.