What the experts say about Sunscreen
1. Wear clothes to protect yourself from the sun
A comfortable hat and loose light clothes of a light colour will keep you cool but also protect you from the damaging rays of the sun.
2. Plan your activities around the sun
During hot weather it makes sense, if possible, to plan to do outdoor jobs earlier or later in the day when the temperatures are lower.
3. Find shade - or make it!
There is not always a handy tree or pergola available, so a parasol can be handy.
4. Do NOT get burned
Take all the possible precautions you can to not get burned because damaged skin can later develop cancer, as we all know.
5. Sunglasses are essential.
Eyes too need protection against the UVA rays especially. A certain amount of sun though is good for skin and eyes but don't overdo it. Fifteen to twenty minutes in the sun is sufficient to make the vitamin D that you need.
6. Check the UV index
It can be deceiving sometimes when the sky is slightly hazy and you think the sun will not be so damaging, but it is. So it's best to check the UV index to be on the safe side.
Sunscreen should be your last resort!
Check your sunscreen for toxins. Look at what EWG have to say about sunscreens and the toxins that are in so many of them. Are they in yours?
There are safe sunscreens and armed with the information you will get here and from the Environmental Working Group's website
you will be able to protect yourself and your loved ones from sun damage but still be able to enjoy your outdoor time and benefit from the beneficial sun rays.
Click All about sunscreens and much more for all you need to know on how to choose a safe and efficient sunscreen and how to avoid the toxins!
Enjoy yourself in the sun knowing you have taken all the right precautions!
Thanks to Bastyr University for the outline.