Summer is officially here! This means you’re getting outside to soak up as much sun as possible before the next winter chases you inside. While there are several health benefits we get from the sun, there are some proper sun precautions you should take in order to protect yourself. Spending too much time in the harmful rays can lead to skin cancer or other health issues. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a healthy tan this summer, but the keyword you need to take away is healthy. Here’s how you can keep yourself protected this summer:

  • Seek Out The Shade: Give yourself a spot to take a break from the sun. This can be under a porch, gazebo, or even an umbrella. It’ll give you a chance to cool down and get your energy back as you enjoy a glass of water.
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  • Wear The Right Clothes: You might scoff at this tip, but hear us out. When you’re not having a blast in the pool or purposely working on your safe tan, clothing can help keep your skin safe. Wear long-sleeved shirts as well as long pants or skirts. Tightly woven fabric and darker colors offer the best protection because the sunlight can’t make its way through to your skin. Understandably, this isn’t ideal in every situation. Even just a T-shirt or a cover over your bathing suit will help reduce the rays.
  • Wear A Hat: Hats aren’t just for fashion, they’re a great way to keep your head protected! Depending on the hat you wear, whether it’s a ball cap, a sun hat, etc., your face and ears will be protected. If you have a wider brimmed hat you’ll be able to keep your neck covered as well. Avoid straw or similar hats that have multiple holes that let the sunlight in. If your hat doesn’t have neck protection don’t forget about the sunscreen or even a scarf.
  •  Grabs The Shades: Your eyes are one of the most sensitive areas on your face, especially the skin under your eyes. Sunglasses help reduce the UV rays to your eyes diminishing the risk of cataracts. Most sunglasses sold in the US have both UVA (Ultraviolet A for aging) and UVB (Ultraviolet B for burning) in the sunglasses already, which is the best protection.
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  • Don’t Forget The Sunscreen: This is probably the most important part of this entire list. Sunscreen should be always applied when you’re spending any length of time outside. It should also work in tandem with the other items mentioned above. Even cloudy and cool days can produce enough UV rays for your skin. When you go out, make sure you put on sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or higher. The higher the SPF the more protection you’ll have. If you’re planning on being outside for a long hike, swimming, outdoor sports, etc. SPF 30 or higher will provide even better protection. Don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen periodically. Even waterproof sunscreen can wear off after a while.
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