“Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun. Please shine down on me”, when we were kids we would wish that every day would be a sunny day because we love playing with our friends or siblings at the playground or even at our backyards. When Ms. Rain shows up we feel sad and annoyed.
In the summer time our parents would sign us up for summer activities like swimming lessons, basketball, tennis and etc. or our parents would plan a family vacation. We would usually go to beaches to enjoy Mr. Sun’s shin. Those times we still didn’t care or didn’t understand the harm that the sun can do to us, even though our parents would lecture us about it.
Now that we are getting older we are more conscious of sun exposure because we now understand its effect. Here are some tips that you may consider following for you to be able to protect yourself from the harsh sunlight, especially now that the summer season is coming and people are planning their getaways to beaches and other places.
- Take shelter with your clothes
Did you know that wearing darker clothes provide more sun protection? So, wear those dark colored blouses and shirts of yours more often. You may also consider wearing long sleeves because it would further protect your skin because it runs from your shoulder to your arms down to your waist. If ever you are planning to go swimming, I suggest that you buy yourself a rash guard that is labeled with a UV protection. I know that it doesn’t look sexy wearing a rash guard but you shouldn’t take the risk of damaging your skin. Don’t forget to protect your legs, rather than wearing shorts or mini skirt, wear long pants or long skirts instead.
- Say yes to hats, sunglasses and umbrellas
To protect your face from the sun wear a hat that has a 3-inch (8 cm) brim all around so that your neck will also be protected. Protect your eyes by wearing sun glasses that blocks UV light. As well as using sunglasses, use an umbrella for you to be able to further protect yourself.
- Sunscreen is now my new best friend
Buy a sunscreen that has an SPF (Sun Protective Factor) of 30 or higher and look for a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection because SPF factor refers only to the sunscreen’s ability to block UVB rays and the broad spectrum label refers to the ability to block UVA and UVB. UVB are what causes sunburn and UVA rays also cause skin damage, including signs of aging like wrinkles or spots. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen when you are going swimming.
A quick reminder: Please read the instruction of the product. If the instruction says that you have to apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure then please do follow it. If you are using a water-resistant sunscreen and the instruction says that you have to re-apply it every 2 hours, don’t forget to do so and don’t forget to check the expiration date of the product.
There are benefits that we can get when we expose ourselves to the sun’s UV. For example, our body needs Vitamin D, the Sun’s UV is needed by our bodies to produce Vitamin D which helps in strengthening our bones, muscles and immune system. Just remember that between 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon are when you should avoid sun exposure because these are the hours where UV is at its highest.