Remember when, like every other hour, you would get pulled out of the pool to have sunscreen slathered all over you in front of all of your friends, and it was, like, the most embarrassing thing ever? Fun times… But, as annoying as that was, the “slatherers” were just trying to protect us.
The sun can cause a lot of skin damage, so it’s important to protect your skin at all costs.
That's why our friends at Virtua Health put together this list of 4 easy ways to protect your skin from those strong UVs. Keep your skin safe and healthy all summer long.
wear the right sunnies
It’s important to buy sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. This will help prevent sun damage and skin cancer to both the sensitive skin around your eyes and your eyes themselves. There are tons of fashionable sunnies to choose from that feature this protection. Check out your favorite brands today to see what’s in stock.
The sun’s rays are the strongest in the mornings into early afternoons. Try to avoid the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During this time, the sun can be the most harmful to your skin! So instead of spending that time in the sand, take a break and head inside to cool off with some AC, shop at your favorite boardwalk stores, or under an umbrella eating a delicious lunch.
Wear a Hat
Baseball hats, visors, and bucket hats (which have made a comeback, thank you Gen-Z!) are perfect for a sunny day. They protect your face by preventing the sun from directly hitting it. It also will shield your eyes, which are even more sensitive to sun exposure.
Wear Sunscreen… Duh
Perhaps the most obvious but easily the most important, always wear sunscreen. It’s important to constantly reapply, even if the sun is hiding behind clouds. Make sure that the sunscreen you use says “broad spectrum” so it will protect you from those nasty UVA and UVB rays. Also, make sure it has a high SPF and isn’t expired!
If you do happen to get sunburnt, be sure to treat it. Take a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or tylenol and cool your skin with a cold, damp towel or a bath. You could also apply an aloe vera lotion or gel to the burnt area to help sooth your skin. If burns are blistering, talk to your doctor about next steps.
Even if you use all of these forms of protection, it’s important to check your skin to make sure there aren’t any new sun spots that could be from sun damage. Connect with our friends at Virtua Health to keep yourself healthy inside and out all summer long.
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