The sun is a natural comfort. It’s warm, and inviting—and let’s be honest, it makes us all shine a little brighter. It inspires activity and adventure and supplies our bodies with necessary vitamin D, among other studied benefits. But as much as we encourage getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine, we must also stress the importance of sun safety. It’s best to tread carefully when reveling in the sunshine; overexposure to UV radiation can lead to some serious long term damage. But don’t shy away from the sun’s rays. Use these sun safety tips, so you can safely enjoy the sun:
WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY
The sun can cause damage to unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes, so it’s important to apply sunscreen before even minimal exposure.
HARMFUL UV RADIATION
CAN BE DAMAGING
even when indirect exposure occurs. The rays reflect o of surfaces such as sand, snow, and concrete, so Sunology should be used even when direct sun exposure is not anticipated.
REAPPLY SUNSCREEN EVERY 2 HOURS
every 80 minutes if you’re swimming or sweating
COVER EXPOSED SKIN WITH CLOTHING
Clothing acts as the first line of defense against the sun by blocking some, if not most of the sun’s rays. If possible, wear clothing rated with UPF, which stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor when in direct sunlight.
THE SUN’S RAYS ARE MOST INTENSE
between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M., when the sun is at its highest point. Avoid direct sun exposure during this time.
USE AN SPF OF 30 OR HIGHER
for maximum protection. Sunology contains--and recommends--the use of SPF 50, the highest SPF recognized by the FDA.
IF YOU’RE A PARENT
KEEP THE KIDS COVERED
Make it a habit and encourage preventative measures from a young age.
MAKE SURE YOUR SUNGLASSES
are UV safe to protect your eyes, which are also susceptible to sun damage.
USE MINERAL SUNSCREEN
Chemical-based sunscreens, such as those containing oxybenzone and avobenzone, soak into the skin to provide UV protection, but in the process they as toxins in the blood stream. Mineral sunscreens, such as Sunology, protect the skin at the surface by physically reflecting the UV rays away from the skin.