After a long winter, we owe it to ourselves to enjoy this beautiful warm weather, right? Right. But while we are outside enjoying the beach, pool or outdoor activity, we need to remember that with the hot temperatures, comes our risk at getting sunburned. Sunburns can lead to discomfort and peeling, but worse than that, it can lead to skin cancer.
Here are some helpful tips on preventing sunburns;
- Avoid too much sun exposure. The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, if possible, you should avoid being outside during those hours. Try bringing an umbrella to the beach to take a break every so often from the sun!
- Sunblock. If you can’t avoid being outside, then sunscreen is extremely important. Try finding sunscreens that have an SPF of 30 or higher, and re-apply every 2 hours.
- Wear protective clothing. Wearing clothes that are light colored helps because dark colored clothes attract the sun, whereas light colors leave your body feeling cooler. Hats and sunglasses are very important because the sun can cause eye damage, and a lot of people burn their scalps without even knowing it!