Summer is the season that everyone looks forward to. There’s nothing quite like spending a day out in the sun, enjoying the warmth on your skin. For some people, when they are purchasing a new home they will advise their agent they only want properties with plenty of sun exposure. However, before you can enjoy your day in the sun, there are a few things you need to do to prepare.
While spending time in the sun is a great way to boost energy, get some Vitamin D and breathe fresh air, it is important to realize that prolonged exposure can be dangerous. Below we will look at 6 things to know about spending the day in the sun.
1. When You Don’t Feel The Burn
It's important to be mindful of how much time you spend in the sun. You may not always feel the sun burning you, especially if you're used to being in the sun a lot. But that doesn't mean you're not getting damaged. Sunburn is just one indication that too much UV exposure is happening. If you are unsure as to whether or not you are burning, try taking a break, letting your skin cool down and then evaluating for signs of redness and tenderness.
2. Prime Time
There are certain times of the day that the sun can be more damaging than others. Typically, between the hours of 11 AM and 2 PM, the sun is considered the hottest and you are more likely to burn or suffer heat stroke during this time. If possible, limiting the time you spend outside during these hours is a great way to limit over-exposure. If you can't go inside, try spending time in the shade to give your body a chance to cool off.
3. Staying Hydrated
One of the most important things to remember when spending substantial time outside is to keep your body hydrated. The heat of the sun can cause people to lose water more quickly than usual. To prevent this, it's important to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Even when you are doing activities where you don't feel as if you are sweating such as swimming, your body can be dehydrating. It is important to remember to take frequent breaks to rehydrate.
4. No Excessive Tanning
The sun is a great source of Vitamin D, fresh air and energy, but it's important to be mindful of the dangers of prolonged sun exposure. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people die from skin cancer than any other type of cancer. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
So while it may be tempting to lie in the sun to achieve glowing skin, the health of your body is more important. Along with using sunscreen, protective clothing and hats, it is recommended to spend time in the shade and avoid excessive tanning.
5. Gear To Make Use Of
Sun safety is very important. You need to protect your skin from the sun. Wear clothes that have a lot of fabric, like long sleeves and pants. Make sure you get sunscreen for your face and whole body.
If you can't go inside, try spending time in the shade instead of the hot sun to give your body a chance to cool off. Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day even when it doesn't feel like you are sweating!
To protect your face and scalp, a hat is ideal. Large brimmed hats will also help protect the back of your neck. Don't forget sunglasses as UV Rays can also be damaging to your eyes.
Wearing high SPF sunscreen is the most important step in protecting your skin from the sun. Make sure that it is water-proof, especially if you are swimming or sweating and don't forget to re-apply frequently. It is recommended to re-apply your sunscreen every two hours, or 80 minutes if swimming/sweating.
Protective clothing is also a great way to shield your skin. Lightweight shirts and pants will help keep the sun off your skin while avoiding overheating your body. Clothing such as unbleached cotton will absorb UV Rays while polyester and silk reflect due to their sheen. Many companies that offer sportswear use high-tech fabric which is designed to block UV Rays.
6. What To Apply
Sunscreen is a lotion, cream or ointment that people put on their skin to protect it from the sun. Sunscreen helps prevent a person from getting a sunburn and can also help protect against skin cancer. Sunscreen comes in different SPF levels, which stands for Sun Protection Factor. The higher the number, the more protection the sunscreen will offer. It is important to make sure that sunscreen is water-proof so it will continue to work while swimming or sweating. It is also important to re-apply sunscreen after towel drying off, as much of the sunscreen will be removed with the towel.
Generally, you will want to apply a higher SPF sunscreen to your face, especially if you are not wearing a hat. Nowadays, there are many brands that offer non-comedogenic, non chemical-based sunscreen.
- Sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 or greater for the whole body
- Sunscreen specifically made for your face with an SPF of 30 or more
The last thing you want to do when spending quality time outside is ruin your experience by getting a serious sunburn.
You can't enjoy the great outdoors if you're constantly worrying about your skin. The tips we've provided will help you avoid sunburns, reduce premature aging and ensure that you are safe during long hours in the sun. Whether you spend your days at your beachfront property in Hilton Head or Daytona Beach, always ensure you are protected from the sun.