10 Ways to Protect Your Skin from Spring’s Sun

Daylight Savings Time just past, which means that you will see more sunshine longer into the evening. Due to this longer exposure to sunlight, you have to ensure that you are protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Before you go enjoy the spring’s sun, here are some ways to protect your skin.

  1. Cover Your Skin -- Wear clothing to protect your skin. You see landscapers wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants while they are working in the sun. They also wear hats and sunglasses. Because they are outdoors regularly, they make sure they are dressed for it, so they don’t get too much sun on their skin.

  2. Go Early or Late -- If you can avoid being in the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you will be better able to protect your skin. Therefore, be outdoors during the early morning hours or early evening hours. These are the best times to do gardening or yard work or exercising because the sun is not as harmful, and it would be cooler too.

  3. Wear Sunscreen -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15. Be sure to spread it on thick enough. Applying only a thin coating of a sunscreen can reduce the effectiveness of the product by as much as 50 percent. Waterproof sunscreen is best if you'll be swimming.

  4. Spread It Often -- Applying it once is not enough to protect your skin. About a half hour before you go into the sun, you want to put on your sunscreen. Then, you need to reapply it every two hours until you are no longer in the sun. If you are fair, you might add a coat of sunscreen to your nightly skin regiment.

  5. Use Lip Balm -- Many people forget to apply sunscreen to lips. They can be burned as easily as other parts of the body. Use a lip balm with sunscreen added with a SPF of 15. The lip balm also will prevent your lips from getting too dry.

  6. Don’t Forget Ears, Tops of Head and Feet -- When applying sunscreen, put on the places that you forget, such as your ears, top of your head if you are bald, the cleft between your breasts, your nose and your feet. When applying sunscreen to your feet, cover both sides of your feet. Most people forget to do both sides. On your nose, after you use sunscreen, you might want to add zinc oxide on top of the sunscreen for added protection. The nose is especially vulnerable to burning.

  7. Understand Reflected Light -- Sand, pools and ocean water will reflect the light right onto your skin. If you understand about the reflected light, you can prepare for it and protect your skin. The best way to do that is to avoid sunbathing, but that option is usually not as practical.

  8. Sun Is Dangerous Year-Round -- Even though the sun is worst in the spring, it is harmful throughout the year. It doesn’t matter if the sky is cloudy. The rays come through the clouds. It doesn’t matter if it is winter. Many snow skiers learn the hard way that high altitudes, blustery winds, and white snow can be a painful combination. Like sand, snow can reflect the sun’s rays.

  9. Read Labels -- Some medications and vitamins have photosensitivity as a side effect. Read your labels to make sure you will not have a stronger exposure to the sun because of the medicine you need to take.

  10. Get 15 Minutes of Sun -- Despite the dangers, you should still get 15 minutes of sunshine a day. This will give you the vitamin D which is necessary for healthy bones and other parts of your body.

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