How to Protect Yourself From the Sun This Summer

Summer is here and with it comes plenty of fun outdoor activities. Unfortunately one downside of spending hours in the pool or on the golf course is being exposed to dangerous UV rays. Never fear because you still can enjoy all of your favorite summer pastimes if you take some precautions to protect yourself:

 

Wear Sunscreen

We are sure you hear it all the time, but we are going to reiterate: wear sunscreen anytime you are outside for more than a couple of minutes. Be sure to use an SPF of at least 15 to block 93% of UV rays. You will also want to make sure that your chosen sunscreen is “broad spectrum” so that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Even more importantly, remember to re-apply your sunscreen every 90 minutes so that you are protected at all times.

 

Cover Your Skin

Even better than covering your skin with sunscreen is covering up with clothing. The best type of clothing is tightly-woven so that it blocks out light. To test your clothing, place your hand between the fabric and a light source. If you can clearly see your hand, that garment will not offer you much protection. Consider wearing a rashguard swimsuit when you are at the beach to cover up most of your torso, and remember to always wear a hat to protect your scalp.

 

Limit Exposure

If possible, you should also limit the amount of time you are in direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm, when the UV rays are most intense. Plan your outdoor activities outside of those hours, but if you cannot avoid it, at least spend some of your time in the shade to give your skin a break.

 

Remember Your Eyes and Lips

Sunscreen is great for protecting your skin, but be careful to not forget your eyes and lips! For your eyes, you should purchase a good pair of sunglasses. You do not have to invest in an expensive pair of glasses to protect your eyes, but rather look for one that blocks 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.

 

Treat Burns

If you do happen to get burned (it happens to the best of us), it is important to treat those burns as quickly and effectively as possible to repair the damage. One great product you can use to relieve pain and moisturize is our Soothe moisturizer. A combination of CBD, aloe, lavender oil, and black cumin seed oil helps your skin get back to normal quicker than using aloe alone.