The summer is starting and it’s time to make sure you’re doing what you can to protect your skin from the sun. That said these rules apply year-round when you’re spending time outside, regardless of whether you’re on a tropical beach or beautiful ski slopes.
This year, while you’re enjoying the sand and waves on a tropical beach, know you’re taking the right steps to protect your skin from the sun on vacation. Remember that as much as you may like the look of a tan, no tan is safe. The idea of getting a base tan to protect yourself from burns and melanoma is a myth.
Why Protect Your Skin from the Sun?
The sun is responsible for 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers. The more you’re exposed to UV rays, the bigger your risk. If you’ve experienced sunburn in your life, your risk increases significantly more. In fact, if you’ve had over five sunburns in your lifetime, your risk of melanoma doubles. This should be important motivation to protect your skin from the sun.
After all, you’ve gone to all that work to make sure you’ve got a gorgeous bikini body. The last thing you want to do is risk your life from sun exposure that could cause deadly skin cancer.
Luckily, effective methods to protect your skin from the sun are not difficult. Moreover, they can be used affordably, simply and stylishly.
What Does the Skin Care Foundation Recommend?
- Spend time in the shade – Just because you’re at the beach, it doesn’t mean you need to spend hours lying in the direct sunlight. Bring an umbrella or use one that is already on the beach. Take advantage of the cool of the shade while you relax on the beach and protect your skin from the sun. You’ll have more than enough time in the sunlight when you’re in the water, while you’re walking or enjoying other beach activities.
- Cover up – Use rash guards and other UV protective clothing to keep yourself cool but protect your skin from the sun. These clothes often work as swimwear as well and provide better protection than sunscreen without the need to reapply.
- Wear a hat – Choose a hat with a brim that offers 3 inches all the way around. This will protect your scalp, ears, head, neck, and face.
- Use sunscreen – Wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Choose a water-resistant broad-spectrum product with a reef-safe formula. Preferably, an all-natural non-nano formula as this reduces the risk of absorption of chemicals into your skin and bloodstream.