The sun’s warmth feels fabulous and what’s more it is a source of Vitamin D. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. It is not a secret that overexposure to the sun can result in consequences ranging from premature aging to skin cancer!
So how does one enjoy soaking up the rays and stay safe? For starters, stock up on sunscreen. Broad spectrum sunscreens can fend off both UVA and UVB rays while sunscreens with SPF tackle only UVB rays which is the main culprit when it comes to aging signs like wrinkles. It is a good idea to apply the sunscreen at least half-an-hour before stepping out into the sun and reapply every two hours.
While it is tempting to splash around in water, be aware that water reflects the sunlight and it can be more damaging than you think. Same goes for sand and snow. Sunlight can also damage your eyes too. So, grab a pair of sunglasses.
It helps to avoid sunlight between 10am and 4pm when the UV radiation is strongest. Light colored cotton clothes, umbrellas and hats are a great way to stay cool and safe in intense sunlight.
A few precautions are all you need to stay sun smart.