Summer is here in the Philippines, everybody is out there swimming at the beach, but be careful in going out under the sun, too much sun is dangerous to our skin. Despite this dangers who can resist the lure of a beautiful sunny day on the beach, specially after a dreary stormy weather and for those unluckier ones who barely see and feel the sun because they are sleep at day. The sun enables us to manufacture Vitamin D and luckily for us who live near the equator we get enough sun during our day to day activities. Here are some simple tips too avoid harmful rays from the sun:
- Use sunscreen = A sunscreen will not make you sun proof but its sun protection factor (SPF) represents the degree to which a sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn. You will still tan even when you use a sunscreen. An SPF of 15 for daily activities and up to SPF 30 for full sun exposure is recommended. Make sure the label reads broad spectrum protection, sunscreen that protects UVA and UVB. Check the water resistance sunscreen that stays on your skin longer even if it gets wet. Water resistant doesn't mean its waterproof, water resistant sunscreen need to be reapplied as instructed on the label. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure and repeatedly every 30 minutes to 1 hour, especially when engaged in vigorous activities such as swimming and tanning on the beach.
- Dress with care = Wear clothes that protect your body, cover as much of your body as possible. If you plan to be outside on a sunny day. Wear a wide brimmed hat, long sleeves and long pants. Use an umbrella for shade. And don't forget to protect your lips and your eyes as well, Wear UV protected sunglasses and lip balm with SPF.
- Reduce time in the sun = This is especially recommended from 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun's rays are strongest, Even on an overcast day, up to 80% of the sun's rays can get through the clouds. Stay in the shade as much as possible throughout the day.