Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. With longer days, beautiful weather and plenty of activities to keep families busy, many find themselves out in the sun for much of the summer season. It’s important to remember to protect yourself and your loved ones from the harsh rays of the sun by regularly applying SPF and seeking out the shade whenever you can.
Everyone loves a summer glow, but extended exposure to direct sunlight can be damaging to your skin. July 3 is National Stay Out of the Sun Day, so we are sharing some easy tips on how to protect yourself from sun damage:
- Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30 or more to your face and body daily provides a barrier from the sun. However, it’s essential to reapply every 2 or 3 hours, and every time after getting out of the water – whether it be a pool, lake or ocean.
- Wear a hat with a wide or long brim, relax under a tree or enjoy the warm weather under an umbrella when spending time outdoors, instead of in direct sunlight. It often feels 10-15 degrees cooler when you’re in the shade!
- We encourage you to wear SPF daily, even in the winter and on cloudy days. While you may find yourself wearing more layers, long sleeves and pants during colder months, your face is always exposed to some form of sunlight.
Moderate sun exposure provides you and your family with a healthy, all-natural dose of Vitamin D – just don’t spend too much time basking in the sun this summer!