Hello SOTGC community,
If you are a Sun Worshiper, Outdoor Enthusiast, or you simply want to maintain your youthful glow while playing it safe, this post is for you!
While some of these tips may be a reminder, I bet there are at least a few that will be new to you. Here are my tips for staying healthy and beautiful in the sun:
Know What’s in Your Sunscreen – Many products contain chemical sunscreens (e.g. oxybenzone and octinoxate) and hormone disruptors called parabens. Choose natural products when possible to lessen the toxic load on your body. Zinc oxide and titanium are mineral sunscreens to look for, and there are lots of paraben-free lotions on the market now too.
Slather up Early – The skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes, and skin damage can occur before your skin even turns red, so if you are planning on being outside for a while, be sure to wear sunscreen. It is very important to apply your sunscreen
15-30 minutes before you plan on going in the sun so that it has enough time to absorb.
Opt for Some Full Exposure – Although sun protection is always a good idea, going uncovered for 15 minutes or less is actually good for you. Vitamin D, which is a powerful immune enhancer (and many people are deficient), is made when our skin is exposed to the sun. So don’t be afraid to roll up those sleeves and soak it in for a short while.
Beware of Your Car – You would be surprised to know how much exposure you get from driving your car, especially on your hands. Be sure to keep some lotion in your bag (not in your car) and apply it before you get behind the wheel. And if you think it’s a good way to get your Vitamin D, it’s not – I recently learned that the rays you need cannot penetrate glass, so you’re getting sun without the benefits.
Protect Your Protection – I see this all the time … people lying out in the sun, with a bottle of sunscreen getting a tan too. Sun and heat can break down your sunscreen, so keep it in the shade.
Check the Expiration Date – Sunscreens don’t last forever, so be sure you’re not about to go out for a day on the beach with an expired bottle … you may enjoy eating lobster, but you don’t want to look like one.
Do It Naked – I am not talking about the infamous do it -get your heads out of the gutter! I am talking about applying sunscreen. Putting it on at home in front of the bathroom mirror is a good practice to ensure that you don’t miss any spots. Plus, that way you won’t get any annoying white smears on your bathing suit.
Wear Enough Sunscreen – Most people apply only ¼ of what is actually necessary, and men tend to skimp the most. Try to use a minimum of 1.5 ounces each time you apply sunscreen, which is about the amount that would fit in a shot glass. Use it year-round, and on cloudy days too.
Don’t Be Fooled by High SPF Numbers – Many people falsely assume that the higher the SPF, the stronger the sunscreen; this assumption is based more on hype than truth. In reality, SPF indicates the length of time you may be protected from burning. So while an SPF of 50 will theoretically protect you longer than an SPF of 30, the difference is only incremental, and it does not mean that if offers stronger protection. An SPF of 15 or 30 is enough, IF you apply it liberally, and you apply it often, especially after being in the water.
Accessorize! – Not only can it add some extra style to your ensemble, a great hat will protect the delicate skin on the top of your head and on your face. And let’s not forget about those shades … just be sure they block 100% of all UV rays.
The sun has the remarkable ability to brighten our day (no pun intended). As long as you respect your body, and the sun’s power, you will be able to enjoy the coming season by having some fun in the sun, and staying young while you’re at it.
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