Be Sun Smart in Summer with Ten Tips

There are many ways to protect your skin and it is more important during Summer months to prevent sunburn. Do you know what UV Rays are and why the UV Index is important? Have you ever experienced a sunburn even when the sky is cloudy? Are you applying the right type or amount of sunscreen? Read more to learn ways to better protect your skin from damage.

A priority in Summer months is to protect from the sun's UltraViolet Radiation (UV Rays in short). UVA Rays age the skin and you cannot feel them. UVB Rays burn the skin and you can feel them.

Sunscreen is meant to:

  • protect your skin with specific ingredients

  • absorb (for example, octinoxate) or reflect (for example, zinc oxide)

A broad-spectrum sunscreen is important in order to protect from both types of UV Rays. When you purchase a sunscreen, it must state:

  • UV protection

  • the type of ingredients

  • amount of SPF

#SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Formulas range from SPF 15 to 50. SPF50 offers nearly 98% protection. Beyond SPF 50 is a marketing gimmick. As a result, skin is burnt and unfortunately damaged. Stay away from products that state "sunblock" which is not accurate because no formulation blocks the sun. All sunscreen companies are required to remove that promise from labels.

Know the current UV Index, which notes the UV Rays that cause sunburn. Weather services assign a number to note how intense the rays are on a a scale from Low (0 - 3) to Extreme (11+). Depending on the place and time, the #UVIndex can be high as early as sunrise. Get into a healthy habit of noting the number so you are better aware.

Even if you don't easily burn, your should take precaution. While a tan may seem #healthy any sign of a tan is damage to the skin. If you still experience color or sunburn with regular sunscreen use, it might be time to change the type and learn how to properly reapply.

I am passionate about coaching you on long-term skin health and a big part of it is sun protection. You can still enjoy the outdoors but with caution. Invest time and money on the right products. See a dermatologist yearly to get a skin check for moles. Book a skin treatment for further coaching.

Here are ten tips to protect your skin from the harmful effects of #UVRays:

  1. Apply sunscreen at least 15 - 30 minutes prior to exposure, and every 1 - 2 hours if outdoors or in sports activity.

  2. Avoid direct sun from 10 AM - 4 PM and always note the UV Index.

  3. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 to SPF 50.

  4. Use 1 teaspoon for your face and 1 ounce for entire body if in sports activity or swimming.

  5. Apply on back of ears and neck, tops of feet, and hands (and head if missing hair).

  6. Be aware of reflective UV Rays from water, sand, grass, and snow...even under an umbrella or awning.

  7. Sunscreen lotions are best form of application (not sprays).

  8. Sun shades are great options for long drives or road trips and sun tents are great options for days at the beach.

  9. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover entire face, neck, and scalp, dark sunglasses to cover entire eye area, or lightweight clothing to cover arms and legs.

  10. Wear a lip balm with SPF to protect your thinnest skin.

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