If you are planning a day at the beach to enjoy the sunshine, do you even consider skin care tips for sun safety? Be honest….
I may give a minute of thought to what SPF formula I need; then I move on to more important things like – which suit will I wear!
What about other summer products that help to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays? Things like hats, sunglasses, or sun protective clothing. For me – and I’m not proud of this – it depends on whether the hat matches well with my suit, etc.
I suspect I am like a lot of other people in my thinking. I know I need to protect all my skin from the sun; thus, the SPF. Unfortunately, I give little thought to it after I slap-on that lotion.
However, as I researched the damage that sun exposure can do to us, I’ve changed my mind.
How the Sun Causes Skin Damage and More
We all know that exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays causes premature aging to our skin. This can include everything from wrinkles and age spots to sagging skin on the face. We also know that it is a huge factor in our likelihood of developing skin cancer. Following are a few sobering facts about unprotected sun exposure that you may not be aware of:
- In the U.S., skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer and exposure to UV rays is the number one cause of skin cancer
- Melanoma is the least common form of skin cancer, accounting for about 1% of skin cancers. What is really disturbing about melanoma is that it accounts for approximately 75% of skin cancer deaths. Even more alarming, it is one of the most common cancers in young adults, especially young women, according to the American Cancer Society
- Unprotected exposure to the sun can damage your eyes and potentially cause cataracts, macular degeneration and cancers of the eyes
All of it is very serious stuff, but hey, we are all about fun here so let’s move on to the fun stuff! We know we can have a blast out in the sun while still preventing the impact of damaging rays.
Skin Care Tips, Summer Products and Suggestions for Fun in the Sun
Below are some skin care tips and other suggestions of ways to protect yourself from sun damage while enjoying the sunshine.
Use Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Sunscreen: This is easily the most important of the skin care tips. The SPF of a sunscreen is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects you from UVB rays. For example, if you would normally burn after 15 minutes in the sun without any protection, an SPF of 10 may give you roughly 150 minutes of sun exposure before you burn. Experts recommend an SPF of at least 30 that is labeled Broad-Spectrum AND reapplication approximately every two hours.
Many of us miss that whole reapplication thing. The two-hour window is an average depending upon how active you are. Remember that swimming and excess sweating will remove the protection from you skin.
Wear a Hat and Sunglasses: Choose a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses with total UV protection. This will not only protect your eyes, but also the delicate skin on your face, neck and décolletage.
Avoid the Sun During Peak Radiation Hours: Avoid sun exposure during the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM when UV radiation is at its peak.
Stay Hydrated: We can easily become dehydrated out in the sun. It is easy to be out there having a great time and to forget about drinking enough fluids – the non-alcohol type. This is such an easy fix; just keep plenty of water nearby.
Be Prepared if the Day in the Sunshine Runs Turns into an Evening of Fun: Bring a small bag of multi-tasking products with you just in case your day goes late into the evening. Include tinted moisturizer and lip balm, both with SPF for use throughout the day, mascara and of course, your Flutterby Mascara Shield so you have everything you need to last minute touch-ups. See, “2018 Summer Beauty Trends and Makeup Ideas“, for more tips to help your makeup stand up against the heat.