17 August, 2022

10 tips to protect your skin from the sun.

A recent study showed that only 14% of men and 30% of women regularly put sunscreen on their face and other exposed body parts before going out for more than an hour.

So what do you need to know about protecting your skin from the sun? Here are 10 tips to keep in mind during the summer.

How to protect your skin from the Sun

1. Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy.Apply at least enough sunscreen (enough to fill a small glass) at least 15 to 30 minutes before going out.

2. Also use a lip balm or lipstick that contains a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.

3. Choose a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure it is water resistant and has a protection index of 30 or higher. Other sunscreens may help keep the sun from burning you, but they do not protect against skin cancer.

4. Reapply the sunscreen every two hours. Reapply every hour if you are swimming or sweating.

5. Be especially careful with water and sand. These surfaces reflect the sun’s harmful rays, which can increase your chance of getting sunburn.

6. Keep babies under 6 months fully covered and in the shade.

7. Limit your time in the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are at their most intense. Apply the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are stronger and you need to find shade.

8. If possible, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Dark clothes with tight fabrics block the sun more than white or loose fabrics. For extra protection, look for clothing made with special sunscreen materials.

9. Put on a hat that shades your face, neck and ears and a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses with lenses that have 99% to 100% UV absorption provide optimal protection for the eyes and the skin around the eyes.

10. Be even more careful if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun. Such as certain types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medicines and chemotherapy drugs.