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Sure Fire Ways To Stay Safe In The Sun

Just because the winter season has emerged doesn’t mean the sun hasn’t got his hat on anymore. If you are a sun worshipper and love nothing more than spending your days outside, then it’s vital that you protect your skin from the harmful UV rays that emanate from the sun. While it’s easy to become seduced by the glorious sunshine, you also need to understand the dangers it can cause to your health and well being. Take a look at these simple ways that you can protect yourself when enjoying your time outdoors.

Sun Time

If you are keen on experiencing the sunshine, make sure you limit the time you spend outside between midday and two PM. This is when the sun is at its strongest and can cause the most damage. It’s vital that you wear a strong sunblock to make sure none of the harmful UV rays are able to penetrate your skin. This is especially true if you are fair skinned or burn easily.

If you do need to venture outside during peak sunshine hours, wear adequate clothing. Loose fitting linen is best as it is breathable but light enough to allow you to cover up the most sensitive areas of your body. Don’t forget to use the sunblock on the tips of your ears, the bridge of your nose and the back of your neck. These are the most common areas that burn and can be easily overlooked.

Check Up

If you adore spending time in the sun, make it a point of business to have a check up with your dermatologist annually. A skin care professional will monitor your moles, checking for development, and any changes in shape or color. They may even choose to do a UV scan of your face to see if the sun is causing any unnecessary early aging. If this is happening, your dermatologist may suggest limiting your sunshine hours or arm you with even more strategies to stay safe in the sun.

Forget Trying To Get A Tan

Yes, some people are blessed with the fact they can whip on a factor 50 sunblock and still develop gloriously olive skin in a couple of days. If you struggle to achieve a tan, don’t force it or be tempted to slather on baby oil or choose not to put on sun cream. This encourages dangerous UV rays to enter your skin cells which could cause changes that develop into skin cancer. Forget about saying that you need to head out into the sun to get your fix of vitamin D. Take a supplement instead and eat vitamin D rich foods rather than seeking a darker complexion. It’s not worth the risk in the same way tanning beds with their manmade UV rays simply aren’t worth it.

The sun is the giver of life. However, it can also be one of the biggest and overlooked dangers within our environment. Just because it’s chillier doesn’t mean the sun can’t do damage. Whip on the sunblock, forget about the tan and get yourself a checkup every year to help you stay safe in the sun.

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