How to Protect Yourself in the Sun

 


Sunlight can be a good thing for your body, as not only can it help people tan to improve their appearance, but it can also help our body produce vitamin C to facilitate strong bone growth and healthy teeth. However, too much exposure to sunlight can also be very damaging as it can cause serious burns that are painful to deal with, dry out skin and make it more susceptible to wrinkles, and can also cause serious and potentially life-threatening skin cancer. As well as that, the sun and heat can also cause exhaustion, dehydration, and nausea. 


These risks mean that people need to be careful and look after themselves properly when they’re out in the sun all day at a beach or outdoor area. Here’s some good ways people can protect themselves from the sun. 


Wear Sunscreen


Wearing sunscreen is the best way to protect your body from the harmful effects of too much sunlight, as coating yourself in it helps to block out the UV rays from the sun that are responsible for burns. It’s important to apply sunscreen all over the exposed parts of your body, such as arms and legs, back, neck and even the face and nose. It’s also important to routinely reapply the lotion a few times a day, particularly if you’ve been in water as it could have been washed off. When picking out sunscreen it’s important to figure out if you want mineral or chemical sunscreen, as both work in different ways. 


Find Shade 


When out in the sun all day, you want to find yourself a spot where you can easily give yourself some respite from the sun’s rays. The best way to do that is to set yourself up near a bit of shade, such as a tree or wall, as it will be a lot cooler in the shade and also keep the sun off you when you don’t want to be in it. 


Of course, many locations might not offer much in terms of natural shade, such as a beach, so it’s always important to bring with you something that can act as it. For most people this item is a sun umbrella, as this can be erected in the ground and form a protective barrier between the sun and whoever is underneath it. A more mobile option is to get a hat or a cap, as this will block the sun from constantly shining on your head, which can cause your scalp to burn and get irritated.

Hydrate 


Heat and exposure to sunlight can really dry you out a lot quicker and make dehydration happen far more quickly than normal. This dehydration can then leave you tired and can also damage some of your organs if left too long, as they need to be well lubricated to function at their best. 


This is why it’s vital that people in the sun drink plenty of water and fluids, even more than the recommended eight glasses a day. This will help stay stay refreshed for longer and also give you more energy to play and enjoy the good weather.


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