Sun Safety Tips

It feels good to bask in the sun, but it is not a friend of your skin. Although you won’t see it immediately, it will cause you to get wrinkles and age spots. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are also the leading cause of skin cancer. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV) damage the fibers in the skin, which is called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag and the muscles stretch. It is also more prone to bruising and tearing, which take longer time to heal. If you spend too much time in the sun, you may get freckles on your skin, and make you skin texture become rough. Plus, white spots, a yellowing of the skin and discolored areas of the skin will appear. It also widens small blood vessels under the skin.

Therefore, you must protect yourself from the sun. Develop a good habit of applying sunscreen every day, no matter what the weather is. It is not only to yourself, but also to your families, especially children. Children should wear sunscreen from an early age. Sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and be broad-spectrum, which means it can protect against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun. It is best to apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out, remember carry a small bottle of sunscreen with you, and reapply sunscreen at least every 80 minutes. Reapply it after sweating or swimming. In addition to applying sunscreen, you should also wear UV protection sunglasses. Sunglasses can effectively block UV rays from your eyes.

In fact, the most important thing is to wear sun protection clothing, which includes sun-protective long sleeves, trousers, swimming suits, and other kinds of clothes that can protect your skin from the sun. There are many kinds of sun protection clothing on the market. High-quality sun protection clothing is generally made of high-quality polyester fiber material, and it is also marked with a clear UPF rating to sun protection. UPF refers to the level of penetration of ultraviolet radiation, and the general UPF index is 30+ to 50+. The larger the UPF index, the lower the projection level and the better the sun protection effect is. Some of more high-grade sun-protective garments use ceramic fibers combined with polyester fibers to increase the reflection and scattering of UV rays on the surface of the garment to prevent UV penetration.

In addition to the protection to the body by wearing sun protection clothing, our head and face are the most exposed parts to the sun. So what should we do about these parts? It is recommended to wear a sun hat, which is the simplest and most effective way. A sun hat has shading, decoration, warming and protection and other functions. Therefore, there are many types of hats to choose from. While a good sun hat should not only makes you look great but it also protects you from the sun and the rain. For example, a bucket hat is the one of the stylish and protective hats and it has been popular for a few years. You can pick one that suits your clothing to get extra protection.

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