May 29, 2020

As the warm weather arrives, it's natural to want to get outside and enjoy yourself. But if you have sensitive skin, it's especially important to protect yourself from the sun.

There's nothing fun about having a sunburn and red, blistered skin. Besides the discomfort, a sunburn could lead to serious health consequences down the road.

Everyone deserves to enjoy their time in the sun! Here are 7 summer sun safety tips for protecting your sensitive skin.

1. Use Sunscreen No Matter the Weather

You may think you don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day, but, unfortunately, that's not the case. If you have sensitive skin, you need sunscreen every day of the week, regardless of the weather outside.

The clouds act as a reflective layer and can actually intensify the sun's rays. This puts you at risk if you're not wearing sunscreen.

It's important to protect your skin all year-round and in all types of weather. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Sun lovers don't like to hear it, but tanned skin is damaged skin.

So, enjoy your time in the sun. But remember to slather on the sunscreen and protect yourself in the sun and shade.

2. Reapply Sunscreen

If you plan to be in the sun for a while, it's important to reapply your sunscreen every two hours. If you will be in and out of the water, reapply every hour instead.

Eventually, you either sweat or wash your sunscreen away. This leaves you exposed to the sun's harmful rays once again.

Remember to use at least a shot glass full (1 ounce) of sunscreen for complete coverage.

It may take a little effort to stop and reapply sun protection, but your skin and your health are worth it.

3. Avoid Sun Exposure

The best way to protect your skin is to avoid the sun as much as possible. The midday sun from 10 to 2 in the afternoon is at its strongest point.

If you must be outdoors during this time, try to bring along an umbrella or find a shady area for your outing. If you rely on an umbrella for sun protection, find one with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 30 or more.

Other ways to avoid too much sun exposure include:

  •     Wearing a hat with a wide brim to cover your scalp, eyes, nose, and ears
  •     Wearing loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing when you're outdoors
  •     Choosing clothes with an SPF fabric that protects you from ultraviolet rays

4. Wear Long Sleeves

If you plan to be outdoors working in your yard or taking a walk, opt for long sleeves and long pants to protect your arms and legs from the sun.

Choose loose-fitting and dark, tightly woven fabrics. Dark colours block the sun better than lighter shades.

You can also buy clothes made with sun protective fabric. Look for the SPF level on the label.

5. Supersize Your Sunglasses

If you have sensitive skin, don't forget the shades. Too much sun exposure can damage the skin around your eyes and even lead to cataracts.  

To protect your eyes, choose frames that are big enough to cover the delicate area around your eyes. Wrap-around frames offer the best protection.

Polarised lenses with UV filters are a good choice. But avoid reflective lenses.

You may like how they look, but the reflective nature bounces UV light back onto your face.

A darker lens doesn't always mean more protection. And don't assume an expensive brand offers the best sun protection either.

Before you buy a new pair of sunglasses, look for labels that specify UVA and UVB protection.

6. Stay Away From Tanning Beds

It's tempting to begin the summer with a golden tan. But try to remember that sun-kissed look equals damaged skin.

Tanning beds are dangerous. They are a leading cause of skin cancer.

It's not worth risking your health for a tan.

If you feel like you need a tan, go for a spray tan or use self-tanner. These tanning methods are becoming more popular each year.

Many women use self-tanner year-round as part of their regular beauty routine. Whether you want a golden glow or a deep, dark tan, there are plenty of choices on the market.

7. Perform Regular Skin Checks

If you have fair, sensitive skin, you need to be vigilant about performing regular skin checks. Look for any new spots on your skin or any changes to existing moles, freckles, or birthmarks.

Use a mirror to evaluate hard-to-see areas of your body. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, be sure to see a doctor right away and have it checked.

It's a good idea to schedule an annual skin check with your primary care doctor or a dermatologist.

Tips for Sunscreen Use

No sunscreen can protect you from all UV rays. The number on the bottle doesn't refer to the power of the sunscreen. Instead, it refers to the time you can spend in the sun before it wears off.

For example, an index of 55 means you can remain in the sun 55 times longer than without using any protection at all.

A high SPF won't stop you from tanning or burning if it wears off or if you remain outdoors longer than you should.

Whatever SPF you choose, remember to apply it 30 minutes before heading outside. And reapply it every hour if you're in the water and every 2 hours if you're in the sun.

Here are a few reminders for using sunscreen.

  •     Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your ears.
  •     Coat your lips with an SPF lip balm whenever you go outside.
  •     Apply sunscreen to your nose and cheeks for extra protection.
  •     Apply sunscreen before long car rides.
  •     Take everything you need for sun protection with you when you travel.

Fun in the Summer Sun Safety Tips

As the summer draws near, it's natural to want to get outside or head to the beach for some fun and relaxation. Just be sure to follow a few summer fun safety tips.

Even with sensitive skin, you can enjoy your time in the sun. Just remember to use plenty of sunscreen and limit your sun exposure as much as possible.

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