Gone are the days when we could frolic in the sun without protection. Once upon a time, we had an ozone layer that protected the earth from the harmful rays of the sun. Now, after decades of air pollution, we no longer have that trusty ozone layer protecting us.
This is why it is so important to consistently make sure that our skin is protected from the sun and the long-term damage it can do. Here are five ways to save your skin from sun damage.
Sunscreen is no longer a luxury or something we only use when we go off to the beach for a day. It is a daily necessity.
Even on a cloudy day or in a cold climate, the harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin and cause irreparable damage. You should wear sunscreen with an SPF no lower than 30 every day, especially on the parts of your skin that are consistently exposed to the sun (particularly your face and hands).
If you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, a sunscreen with an SPF no lower than 50 is necessary. Make sure it is water-resistant and that you reapply every hour or two, as sweating can reduce its efficacy.
Wear a Big Hat!
The bigger, the better. Hell! If you need to look like you’re going to the races or umpire a match, that’s totally fine. A wide-brimmed hat can help keep those harmful UV rays off your face and neck.
In many outdoor stores, you can find UV protector hats that are made out of UV-resistant materials. These are great for outdoor activities. They may be a little pricier than regular hats, but they will ensure that you are protected.
Just remember that just because you are wearing a hat doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen!
As much as we all love the glow that a good tan can give us, it’s a bad idea to overexpose our skin to the sun. When out in the sun for a long period of time — even though it hot — you must cover up! Make sure as little of your skin is exposed to the sun’s rays as possible.
Stay out of the Sun!
Stay out of the sun as much as possible and only allow your skin to be exposed to it if necessary. When at the beach, make sure you are lying under a big umbrella or tree.
Don’t forget: That sun-kissed look that your tan will give you comes at a huge price and isn’t always healthy.
Always Remember to Moisturize!
The sun dries out your skin, so always make sure to moisturize efficiently after spending any amount of time in the sun.