It’s summertime, and the living isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to sunburns. Depending on how badly you get burned, you will have to deal with more than just temporary pain. Too much sun exposure can put you at the risk of skin cancer or show the signs of premature aging. To avoid this—and still enjoy summertime to the fullest—take these preventative measures to avoid a serious sunburn.
Although this might seem like a no-brainer solution to preventing sunburn, it is certainly worth mentioning that if you’re going outside at all, you’ll want to apply some sunscreen. The type of sunscreen is where a lot of folks get mixed up, however. You’ll want to purchase a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can protect you from all the types of UV rays the sun produces, like UVA and UBA, which can increase your chances of skin cancer, wrinkles, and dark spots. It’s also to make sure that you make sure the SPF is at least 15 –but, typically, we suggest SPF 30 for all of the outdoor activities. Once purchased, apply generously 30 minutes before you go outside and reapply regularly every two hours.
Protect Your Head and Eyes.
While you definitely shouldn’t skip the sunscreen, accessories that protect your head and eyes are also helpful in preventing excess sun exposure. The right hat is not only stylish for the beach or outdoors, but it is also great at protecting your scalp from a potential sunburn. Wide-brimmed hats and caps with visors are best! Sunglasses are also helpful since it’s usually frowned upon to add too much sunscreen around your eye area. Just remember to choose sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV protection, so your eyes are protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Your sunglasses should also fit well to avoid slipping down on your nose and exposing your eyes or the skin areas surrounding them to the harsh sunlight.
Stay in the Shade.
So, you want to be outside –but with your skin type, sunscreen and other forms of protection only do so much…we get it. If this is the case, protect yourself further (without putting a damper on your fun plans) by opting for the shade. Find a large leafy tree, or bring your own portable umbrella, canopy, or tent to whatever outdoor spot you choose. Again, choosing to hang out in the shade does not exempt you from taking other precautionary measures; it's simply another helpful suggestion to protect yourself. Additionally, you can plan your day around the sun’s peak hours, when its UV rays are the strongest between 10 AM and 6 PM. If you cannot plan around these hours, just limit the amount of time you are outdoors.
At Magnolia Vinings Apartments in Atlanta, Georgia, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself on a regular basis with lifestyle-enhancing tips, such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way-of-life through education that promotes self-care.