Spending time in the sun is actually good for you, within limits.
Between the beach, the pool and the weekend cookouts, you may be having too much fun to worry about sunburn – until that telltale stinging and redness set in. Sunburn isn’t just painful. It’s also bad for your health.
Sunlight can increase your risk of skin cancer and certain eye conditions. Plus, it can cause irreversible damage to your skin. Follow these tips to help protect your skin:
- Select a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays, with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
- Don’t forget your sunglasses. The same rays that harm your skin can also damage your eyesight.
- Seek shade whenever possible and avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Wear protective clothing when possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and pants when possible.
- Don’t tan – either in the sun or in a tanning bed. Instead, ask you doctor about safe topical tanning agents.
- Keep young children out of the sun. Keep babies six months and younger out of direct sunlight, and don’t use sunscreen on children younger than six months old.
- Be aware that water and sand all reflect UV rays and increase your chances for sunburn.
- Don’t be fooled by an overcast day. UV light penetrates clouds and can still harm unprotected skin.
Remember, too much sun can cause you harm – no matter your age or skin tone.