With the weather getting hotter, it's safe to say many of us will be hitting the beach. Before heading to the beach and diving into a sun bathing routine, remember to take precautions. Here are a few helpful tips to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.
1. Use Plenty of Sunscreen. For a day at the beach, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that defends your skin against dangerous UVA and UVB rays. Go for a sunscreen that provides a minimum SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30. Try a moisturizing SPF protector such as Eminence's Tropical Vanilla Body or Suntegrity's 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen. Both of these products provide SPF protection and bring important antioxidant benefits to your skin, allowing you to maintain a youthful, clear appearance.
Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every hour or after you have been swimming.
2. Cover Every Bit of Skin with SPF Protection. We apply sunscreen to our face, chest, arms and legs. Unfortunately, there are a few important parts of our body that are commonly overlooked. Make sure you are applying sunscreen to your lips, hairline, hands, feet, back of your neck and behind your ears before doing the rest of your body.
3. Take in Some Tasty Antioxidants. We know free radicals are caused by sun damage, but did you know edible antioxidants help fight these free radicals? Your best choices are orange and reddish foods because they are high in lycopene. Examples of these foods include watermelon, tomatoes, apricots, grapefruit and papayas.
4. Cover up! There are a few accessories you'll want to remember before you leave the house:
- Oversize glasses are not just a fashion statement. They also protect the thin layer of skin around your eyes from the sun's rays. These oversized glasses also help prevent crow's feet and fine lines from forming under the eyes. Even more importantly, sun exposure can cause major damage to the eye itself which can lead to cataracts.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat to help protect your head, face and eyes.
- Put on a lightweight, long sleeve shirt and a pair pants when you are not swimming. You can even opt for a rash guard which provides SPF protection and is used among many professional surfers.
5. Seek Shade and Plan your Sun Outings Accordingly. The sun's rays are the most intense between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Why not try an early morning or late afternoon trip to the beach? A bonus to this is that you will also avoid the crowds (plus traffic) and have the beach to yourself.
It is not recommended to spend an entire day at the beach, but if you do happen to be there for a long time, take periodic "shade breaks." Bring an umbrella or find a nice tree to hang out under for a little while.
We hope a few of these these easy tips will help reduce your risk of skin cancer, and make your beach excursions a little more enjoyable and safe.