Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tips to Avoid Sunburn

A change of topic today.
Some Ideas to Avoid Sunburn
  • Wear protective clothing - shady hat, long sleeved shirt etc. There are some nice UV protective shirts available now besides the rash shirts that children usually wear to the beach.
  • Stay out of the sun in the middle of the day. This may not be an issue in cool climates but in tropical/sub tropical areas if at all possible avoid the sun at that time, it is too easy to get burned then.
  • If you can't avoid long periods in the sun or the hottest time use a sunscreen. Be careful about what type of sunscreen you use. Many of them contain substances that, when absorbed by the skin, may be less than beneficial for our overall health. There are several brands available now that only contain natural substances. Please read the labels and gain an understanding of what the ingredients are.
  • Sunscreen needs to be applied about 20-30 minutes before going in the sun.
  • If you are swimming remember to reapply the sunscreen if you are going to still be in the sun.
  • If you are headed for a day of fun in the sun try to find a place that also has some shade. Or take your own shade with you e.g. beach umbrella or shade shelter.
That is about all the usual hints on avoiding sunburn. In the next post I will explore some other ideas that may help in both avoiding toxic substances on our skin and avoiding sunburn. Remember that to get some early morning sun, when you won't burn, on your skin is a good way of getting your vitamin D.

Stay safe in the sun


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