Remember that old song… “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer… Those days of soda and pretzels and beer….”? Well it’s also the time of year that we all spend a lot more time in the sun. Fun in the sun… But it’s no fun if you end up with a sunburn… So I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone the importance of wearing sunscreen!! Yes, sunscreen!!
Everyone should be wearing sunscreen when in the sun for any extended periods of time. The sun can be fun, but it can also be very dangerous if you don’t protect your skin. Wearing sunscreen can prevent sunburns, reduces risk of getting skin cancer and can also help prevent early signs of aging! Now who doesn’t want that??!!
Now I know there are many different types of sunscreen out there to choose from. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, which protects your skin from both UVA (Ultra Violet A) and UVB (Ultra Violet B) rays of sun. You should also be using a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 or more… And it should be water resistant! Wearing sunscreen won’t prevent you from tanning… but it will help prevent you from burning and that’s what we want!! Sunburns are not fun!! So if we can do anything to prevent from getting one… then we should all be doing everything we can! The sun is stronger than ever and it takes no prisoners… so be diligent!! Reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours or as directed on the label to receive its full benefits. Even on cloudy days because clouds do not keep the UV rays from getting to you! You won’t feel it until it’s too late so make sure you apply your sunscreen to all exposed skin… And yes… reapply after swimming or sweating.
You can also take other measures like wearing long sleeves, pants, hats with wide brims and sunglasses when possible. You can also seek shady areas to get relief… Remember the sun is at its strongest between the hours of 10am and 2pm so try and stay in shady areas during those particular hours.
Last but not least… The sun is one of the few ways we can get the very important Vitamin D, which is important for healthy bones… And using sunscreen may decrease your skin’s production of Vitamin D. If you are concerned that you are not receiving enough Vitamin D, you should speak with your doctor about the different options of getting the Vitamin D you need. Many people get the amount of Vitamin D they need through food and/or supplements. There’s more than one way to get Vitamin D… Discuss your options with your doctor.
So get outside and have some fun in the sun!!!
Until next time…