Nice and long summer days provide us with many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Natural sunlight is essential to good health as it will help our bodies produce Vitamin D, but too much sun could damage our skin permanently.
Are you in the high-risk group for developing long-term skin damages? Ask yourself the following, do you have…
- A job that requires you to work outside
- Fair complexion skin
- Darker skin tone but does not often use any sun protection
- Skin that itches and becomes red easily after slight exposure
- Abundance of moles and freckles
- A love for outdoor activities
Lower Mainland Summers can be deceiving though as the breeze tends to make us feel cooler in the average 20-25 degree weather. However, we also tend to stay longer in the sun since we don’t feel the heat as much.
Workable Lifestyle Suggestion
- Note that there are several sunscreen ingredients that are harmful and toxic to the body 56% of sunscreens contain Oxybenzone which is added to help penetrate the outer layers of skin, but this chemical could lead to hormone alterations.
- Wear sunglasses, keep under shaded areas, use umbrellas and make canopies for outdoor activities
- Keep young children indoors during peak sun hours.
- Use sunscreen with SPF15 or above on the skin before the first sun exposure, repeat applications after every two hours, after swimming or heavy sweating
- Keep babies out of direct sunlight, they burn much quicker than adults
- Don’t forget your face, ears and nose, they are the most missed areas
- Studies show that sunscreen with SPF 15 can block about 93% of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks 97%. SPF 50 blocks 98%.
- Most people do not apply enough sunscreen so this might be the key factor to actual sunburns
- Do not apply spray-on sunscreen directly onto children, spray it on the hand first and rub in to skin.