Being outside in the hot, sunny weather is fun – who doesn’t love summer vacation! But, when you’re outdoors, even for short periods of time, the sun can be very damaging to your skin. Sunburns can cause skin damage and increase your chances of developing skin cancer. There’s nothing wrong with spending time in the sun, as long as you take measures to protect your skin.
1. Stay indoors during the middle part of the day. Sun rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Plan outdoor activities such as yard work and exercise early in the mornings, or during the evening hours to prevent sunburns.
2. Check your medications. Certain medications (such as antibiotics and immunosuppressant drugs like methotrexate) have side effects that make the skin sensitive to sunlight and more prone to burns. Review the informational document that accompanies prescription drugs to see if you need to limit exposure to sunlight while taking the drug.
3. Purchase sunglasses with UV protection. Ultraviolent rays can damage eyes and burn lips. Wear protective glasses and apply lip balm with SPF protection.
4 . Apply sunscreen. Use an organic sunscreen (with at least an SPF of 20) to exposed skin before going outdoors. According to Medline Plus, reapply every two hours to continue protection.
5. Accessorize with a hat. Along with sunscreen, wear a hat for added protection when you plan to spend an extended amount of time outdoors.