Get your share of Vitamin D without destroying your skin.
If you’ve been waiting all winter for the weather to improve so you can spend more time outdoors, you’re not alone. Many women thrive in the sunshine! Even though you’ve spent plenty of time in the sun in the past, it doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new about skincare. After all, skin cancer affects one in five Americans by the time they reach 70 years of age according to SkinCancer.org.
Here are some ways to enjoy the sunshine without making your skin suffer.
Use sunscreen with SPF protection.
Even if it is cloudy outdoors, make sunscreen part of your everyday routine. Use an ounce 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. Carry lip balm with an SPF of 30 to keep the sensitive skin on your lips safe from harm.
Protect your eyes with a good pair of sunglasses.
Aim for lenses with 99% to 100% UV absorption. They’ll protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from sun damage. Squinting in the sun can cause premature wrinkles, so that should be an incentive to always leave the house with sunglasses in hand.
Wear a hat to cover your head, ears, neck, and face.
Limit the time you spend in the sun from 10 AM to 4 PM when it is its brightest. When you do go outdoors, put on a wide-brimmed hat that helps protect your skin from the sun. It’s the perfect fashion accessory because it looks good and keeps you from getting burned.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants.
Choose darker colors with a tight weave for best results. Light colors reflect the sunlight and cause you to feel hotter. If you have the option to buy clothing with sun-protecting properties, choose them.
You can enjoy spending time outdoors in the sun for extended periods of time without damaging your skin. Being mindful of the problems UVA and UVB rays pose helps you better prepare for dealing with them. With the right skincare products and protection, you’ll get your fair share of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ with fewer instances of sunburn.