Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the need for sun protection! While many of us are aware of the importance of wearing sunscreen, there are a few sun care tips that I wish I knew sooner.
- Apply Sunscreen Regularly and Correctly: When it comes to sunscreen, how you apply it matters just as much as the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) level. Make sure you apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your ears, neck, and the tops of your feet, which are often overlooked. And don't be afraid to use a higher SPF if you're spending more time in the sun or have fair skin. When it comes to sunscreen, how you apply it matters just as much as the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) level.
- Cover up and don't rely solely on sunscreen: While sunscreen is an essential part of your daily routine, it shouldn't be your only line of defense against the sun's harmful rays. To maximize your protection, consider wearing protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirts, and pants. Look for clothing with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating, which indicates how much UV radiation can penetrate the fabric. Avoid spending prolonged periods of time in direct sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest. Seek shade under trees, umbrellas or canopies.
- Stay hydrated: Staying hydrated is crucial for overall health, but it's especially important when spending time in the sun. The heat and sun exposure can cause dehydration, which can lead to fatigue, headaches, and dizziness. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your time in the sun. You can also snack on hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and celery to help replenish lost fluids.