Let’s get this straight: We all know the best prevention from sunburn is not exposing yourself under the sun for too long.
But what if the situation calls you to do so?
Unfortunately, it’s true that too much sun exposure results in sunburn, which may increase risk of skin cancer.
To prevent our skin from getting burnt from the sun, we should prepare our body mind and body for it.
Here are some ways you can do to lower your possibility of getting sunburned:
- Protect your face and eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
It’s hard to put sunscreen around your eyes. The skin around these areas is much thinner than other areas of your body and is more at risk for premature wrinkling. Plus, sunburn on your face can be twice as painful as the other parts of your body. When going outdoors at on a sunny day, make it a habit to wear sunglasses. You may offer your eyes the best protection outdoors by choosing the highest UV protection-rated sunglasses.
- Stay out of the sun during peak hours.
The peak hours are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours, so try to schedule outdoor activities for other times. If that’s not possible, seek shade as much as you can.
- Cover up.
Consider wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs. Some clothes have labels such as “ultraviolet protection factor (UPF)” which says how efficiently a fabric blocks damaging sunlight. Studies have also shown that dark colors offer more protection.
- Use sunscreen generously.
One of the worst things to forget when going out to the beach is sunscreen. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater is ideal. Many people make the mistake of not putting sunscreen at the hard places to reach such as the backs of your knees, back of your neck, elbows and back of your ears. You shouldn’t forget those parts, too.
- Purposefully tanning isn’t good.
Tanning isn’t a good idea, neither is tanning oils. Tanning increases the long-term consequences of sun exposure, such as skin cancer and wrinkling. Tanning oils enhance the effects of ultraviolet rays and worsen a burn. Just like cooking oil.
- Moisturize your skin.
Before and after going out to the sun, ideally before leaving the sun and when you get home, moisturize your face and skin. This will not only moisturize your skin to prevent dryness, but will also give you additional metabolic benefits. You can also get relief from the heat once you moisturize as you get home, after you shower.
For your information, the sun not only causes sunburns but can cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Sunburn hurts big time, so it’s important to prepare for sun exposure, especially if you plan to be out in the sun for a few hours.