Of course being exposed to the sun is required as it provides Vitamin D, however overexposure can be very harmful to your skin. You may experience sunburn, eye problems, heat strokes and even skin cancer especially caused by UV rays. Also due to environmental pollution, the natural filter which is the ozone layer is damaged, letting harmful rays freely enter our atmosphere. It might fun to be out and about, enjoying the great outdoors, however if you take some precautions, you can stay fit and damage free from the sun.
- Protect with clothing
Choose clothes that are thick enough to block UV rays from touching your skin. Wear protective contact lenses Southport or sunglasses. This is essential as UV rays can damage the retina or develop clouds in the cornea that will eventually lead to cataract. Wear a hat or cap that will cover your face, top of your ears and neck. Of course it must be summer and wearing clothes that cover you up might feel suffocating. However, if you will be out in the sun for long, you need to cover yourself up. Go for long sleeves shirts, ankle length pants or skirts or dresses. Some fabrics do have UV protection technology so buying such a jacket and throwing it on every time you walk out would be easy and ideal.
- Avoid the sun
The sun’s rays are most powerful from 10am to 4pm. Try as much as possible to stay indoors during that time. If you are to step out, grab your sunscreen and good eye glasses. While outside, seek shade from trees or patios along the way. Always stay hydrated as you might experience heat exhaustion if you sweat rapidly. If you are indoors, pull down the curtains or blind of the windows. Go for tinted glasses around the house, your workplace and car.
- Use sunscreen
Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 so that it is adequate to protect you from UV rays. Apply it 20 or 30 minutes before you step out in the sun every time, especially if you will be exposed to the sun for more than 30 minutes. Reapply every 2 hours, so carry a small tube with you wherever you go. You need to apply the correct amount, smooth it over your skin rather than rubbing it thoroughly. Make sure you apply it every exposed area; hands, feet, neck, face and even your back. Also do not buy oil based sunscreen as it can make your skin sweaty and too shiny.