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 Sunology mineral sunscreen everyday. The sun can cause damage to unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes, so it’s important to apply sunscreen before the most minimal sun exposure.
- Harmful UV radiation can be damaging, with direct and indirect exposure. The rays can reflect off of surfaces such as sand, snow, and concrete, and the accumulation of this type of exposure may eventually lead to skin concerns such as age spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer. 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 at their 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 against sun burn. 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.
- Use only mineral-based sun protection. Chemical sunscreens, such as those containing oxybenzone and avobenzone, soak into the skin to provide UV protection, but in the process they act as toxins in the blood stream. Plus, these chemicals are known to be detrimental to the ocean ecosystem and are banned in many coastal regions. Mineral sunscreens, such as Sunology, protect the skin at the surface by physically reflecting the UV rays away from the skin, and have been deemed safe for the coral reefs.
- Make sure your sunglasses are UV safe to protect your eyes, which are also susceptible to sun damage.