Protecting Your Skin from the Sun
Many people enjoy being outside. It’s fun to go to the park, work in the yard, or exercise outside. While those are all good things, make sure you keep your skin sun-safe while you’re outside.
Stay in the shade while outside. Set up your picnic under a tree or in a shelter. Relax on the beach under a large umbrella.
Put on sunscreen
Sunscreen contains ingredients that protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. It comes in lotion or spray-on forms. Sunscreen is rated by its sun protection factor (SPF). The higher the SPF number, the greater the protection from sunburn the sunscreen has. And the longer it will last after application.
The sun sends invisible UV rays to Earth. These rays can reason damage to your skin if you don’t protect against them. The safest way to protect you from sun damage is to stay out of the sun. If possible, stay inside during the peak sun hours (from late morning until late afternoon). If you need to be outside, though, here are some tips for both adults and children on how to stay sun safe.
Wear a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, or a long skirt. Look for clothes made from polyester or denim; they block the sun’s rays. Also, choose clothes in dark or bright colors as the rays will reflect off them.
Put a lid on it
A hat can protect your head and face from the sun. Hats with a wide brim that reach all the way around your head are best. The brim will protect your face, neck, and ears. Hats made from a heavy material, such as canvas, are a good choice. Avoid lightweight hats because the rays can go through them. If you wear a baseball cap, apply sunscreen to your face, all-around your neck, and to the top and back of your ears.
Protect your eyes
Sunglasses help you see better when in the sun. They also help protect your eyes from developing cataracts. When buying new sunglasses, make sure they block the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
Very young children (less than 6 months old) should not be in the sun. Their skin hasn’t matured and needs extra protection. If they are outside, they should be in the shade. They need to wear a hat. They also want to wear clothing that will protect them from the sun’s rays