Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important things you can do for your health, and the health of your family. 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. That’s a pretty staggering statistic. The sun also causing premature aging of your skin, and no one wants that! So, how do you choose the right sunscreen? Read on to find out!
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests you choose a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher, is broad spectrum and water resistant. Broad spectrum means that the sunscreen will protect your skin for ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which contribute to skin cancers. Water resistant sunscreens will insure that you are well covered for at least 40 to 80 minutes, but after that you will need to reapply.
Cover exposed areas of your body with one ounce of sunscreen. That’s enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass, and that should be applied to the exposed areas of your body. Remember that you will want to apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before being exposed to the sun’s rays, that’s how long it takes to soak in your skin.
Other Sun Protection
You may want to double up on other protection while out in the sun. Wide brimmed hats are always a great idea, as are baseball hats. There are several clothing manufacturers that make clothing that is resistant to UV rays, so those might be something you’ll want to consider for you and your children. Also make sure that your closing provides good cover if you’re going to be out and about in the sun all day, but is also loose fitting so that it can help to keep you cool. And don’t forget to protect those peepers with some sunglasses, too!
If you do find yourself, despite your best efforts, with sunburn there are some great ways to treat it. When you’re outside as soon as you notice you’re turning pink get out of the sun. Cool off indoor and make sure to apply aloe gel to you skin. A cool shower or bath will also help with discomfort from sunburns, and try to avoid direct sun until your skin heals. It’s also important to drink a lot of water in order to keep hydrated, because if you’re well hydrated then so is your skin.
Very severe sunburn is called sun poisoning. It can cause headaches, nausea, and dizziness. If you find yourself in this predicament it might be best to see a health care professional – especially if you have large patches of blistering.
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