Sun Bathing Tips

  • A water resistant sunscreen lotion will help protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin at least 20 to 30 minutes before going out for the beach. Also reapply the sunscreen after swimming or excessive perspiration. Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, even if it's cloudy or you don't plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. If you sweat a lot or go swimming, reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours (even if the bottle says the sunscreen is waterproof).
  • A medicated lip protection guard will help your lips not to loose the moisture. There are good quality lip balms, which could keep your lips smooth.
  • Protecting hair from sun's rays is important, when you are out in the sun on beaches. There are some protective hair sprays specially made for this purpose are available, less in chemical content, will help you safeguard your hair texture from the sea breeze.
  • Avoid artificial sources of UV radiation, including tanning beds and sun lamps.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sunglasses to decrease sun exposure, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tightly woven clothing provides the best protection.
  • Surfaces such as sand, snow, concrete, and water can reflect up to 85 percent of the UV radiation. Extra precautions should be taken when around these surfaces.
  • Apply more sunscreen (with higher SPF) when you're around reflective surfaces like water, snow, or ice.
  • Sun exposure during childhood (up to 18 years old) is about 80 percent of an average person's lifetime exposure to the sun. Sun protection should begin at a young age and may start as early as 6 months of age.
  • On an overcast or cloudy day, sunscreen use is still necessary. The clouds filter a small amount of ultraviolet radiation. Most of the UV radiation (60-80 percent) will not be filtered by the clouds and be allowed to pass through.
  • The sun's rays are strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, so make sure you reapply sunscreen frequently and take breaks indoors if you can. If your shadow is longer than you are tall, then it's a safer time to be in the sun (you should still wear sunscreen, though).
  • We all know that the sun can damage skin, but did you know it can contribute to eye problems, too? Protect your face and eyes with a hat and sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.
  • Some medications, such as prescription acne medications or birth control pills, can increase your sensitivity to the sun, so if you're taking medication, increase your sun protection.
  • If you want the glow of a tan, try faking it with self-tanners or salon tanning treatments. Avoid tanning beds, though, because although manufacturers claim that tanning beds are free of UVB rays, they still use harmful UVA rays.

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