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3 Summer Sun Safety Tips You Should Know

There’s no better way to celebrate the end of summer than by soaking up some sun! It’s well known that our bodies require Vitamin D to thrive and a good dose of sunshine is a great way to get it. However, overexposure to the sun can be too much of a good thing. Leaving your skin unprotected during the summer months can expose you to ultraviolet rays and could ultimately lead to skin cancer. To minimize your risk, try out these 3 tips to protect your skin from the hot summer sun. 

  1. Wear Protective Clothing

While the idea of sitting on a beach in a snowsuit may be the first thought that comes to mind, there are plenty of options when it comes to heat-friendly clothing. If you have especially sensitive skin, wearing a lightweight cover-up in direct sunlight can add another layer of much-needed protection. Adding a wide-brimmed hat to the mix can help protect your face from sun damage while also covering easy-to-forget spots like the back of your neck or your ears. Whatever style you use when choosing protective clothing, be sure to opt for full coverage, lightweight material to give you maximum protection for your skin. 

  1. Take A Break

If you’re on summer vacation, it can be tempting to spend every waking second on a beautiful beach. Unfortunately, spending too much time in direct sunlight opens you up to the possibility of developing skin cancer and irreversible sun damage. Try to limit your time spent in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these peak hours, make sure to set aside time to step inside for a break or bring an umbrella for shade. In addition to protecting yourself during the hottest hours of the day, try planning outdoor activities during the early morning or evening to avoid overexertion and overexposure to ultraviolet rays. 

  1. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

Perhaps the most obvious way to protect yourself from the sun is the diligent use of sunscreen. However, many beachgoers either skip sunscreen all together or make the mistake of only applying one layer. Sunscreen is the most important tool when it comes to skin protection, but it requires proper use to be truly effective. When picking out sunscreen, choose a brand with broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays and a minimum grade of 30 SPF. After you’ve found the right product, make sure you know how to use it! It is essential to reapply every two hours, especially in sensitive areas like shoulders, hands, and feet. 

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