Don’t just limit your sun protection when you are at the lake, beach or pool. Remember that your sun exposure adds up each time you are under the sun. You can protect yourself from UV exposure by just staying in the shades. Be conscious of your clothing when you go out under the sun. Use sunscreen as much as possible. It will be better if you can wear a hat and sunglasses. Most importantly, always seek shade to lessen your skin’s exposure to UV rays.
To lessen your exposure to UV light, see to it that you don’t stay out in the sun for too long. In particular, avoid staying outdoors for long periods during 10am to 4pm. This is the time of the day that the UV rays are very strong. You can use the shadow test to determine if the sun’s UV rays are strong or not. If you see that your shadow is shorter than you are, then it is time to go indoor or find a shade because it means that the sun’s rays are too strong. Better yet, you must protect yourself beforehand when you know that you will be under the sun.
Remember that UV rays can still be a threat even without the sun. The strength of the UV rays is different depending on the time of the year. Other factors also affect the strength of the UV rays. If you notice there are some areas where people can still get sunburned despite the cool weather. When you are in the beach or in the pool, you can still get sunburned even if you are submerged in the water because the UV rays can go beyond the water’s surface. It is very important to be mindful of your body and its exposure to harmful UV rays.
One of the natural ways to protect skin from sun exposure is to wear the right clothing. To cover more skin, you may choose to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts. You also get more protection wearing dark colored clothing. Another natural way to protect you from sun exposure is by wearing a hat. Wearing a hat can help you cover areas particularly the ears, eyes, nose, forehead, and scalp. You also get to protect your hair. However, covering up does not mean total protection from UV rays. To protect your eyes and the skin around them, you can always wear sunglasses.
It is highly recommended that you use a sunscreen formula to protect your skin from the UV rays. But sunscreen only filters the UV rays and does not provide total protection from UV rays. Some of the products that contain sunscreen include lotions, creams, gels, sprays, ointments, wipes, and lip balms among others.