Many people enjoy sitting in the sun because it is warm, relaxing, and provides us with essential vitamin D. Adequate sun exposure is also known to help some people with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. However, it is important to remember that even in the summer, the sun should be approached with caution. Avoiding sun exposure entirely is unnecessary, and sun exposure has some proven health benefits, so it’s important to take a few simple precautions to ensure that you can stay safe and protect yourself while enjoying the summer sun.
You can not avoid exposing your skin to the sun while doing your daily business. Sun exposure accumulates over time and puts you at risk for skin cancer. So, even on cloudy days, protecting your skin from the sun is essential all year. Here are a few activities to avoid if you want to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Say no to tanning
UV rays can cause severe skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. Apply sunscreen to every part of your body that will be exposed to the sun at least 15 minutes before going outside, even if the weather is cloudy. Sunscreen is most effective when combined with other sun protection methods, such as those mentioned above. Choose a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 and broad-spectrum protection against ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. One application of sunscreen will not keep you protected all day. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and remember to put it on your hands and feet after swimming or sweating.
Make sure to limit your sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m
This is the time when the sun’s rays are strongest. Plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon. During those hours, you can also find or create shade. Are you at the park? Place yourself under a tree. Are you at the beach? Bring a beach umbrella with you. Just another ordinary day? Schedule indoor lunch breaks or nap times during those hours.
Reflection Should Be Used With Caution
Certain surfaces reflect sunlight, increasing your exposure to UV rays. You should consider reflection whenever you are near water, sand, or snow. It greatly increases your chances of getting sunburned. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to any exposed skin, including your lips.
Indoor tanning should be avoided
There is no such thing as a safe tan. Indoor tanning (tanning beds and sunlamps) causes UVA and UVB ray damage to your skin. It can also result in skin cancer. Avoid tanning indoors altogether to protect your skin. If you want to look tanned, use sunless tanning lotions instead.
Don’t have time to devote to intensive skincare? You can still pamper yourself by mastering the fundamentals. Good skincare and a healthy lifestyle can help postpone natural aging and prevent various skin problems. Thaicare has the right sunscreen for your skin, so protect it from harmful UV rays.