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How To Protect Yourself From The Sun

How To Protect Yourself From The Sun
Summer means fun and outdoors! After a chilly winter, most of us are excited to go out and soak up some rays. We might like to try doing some rock climbing, cycling, or jogging along the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. And for some, it’s all about their boardies, swimmers, a pair of their favourite brand of thongs, and of course, theirsunnies! But before we head to the great outdoors, let me share with you some tips to keep you protected from the heat of the sun.

1. Apply Sunscreen

Choose a safe and non-toxic sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 or SPF30. Choose the one that is “broad spectrum,” which protects skin from UVA and UVB rays. Avoid those brands which have harmful ingredients like Methylparabenbecause it has been linked to skin cancer. Make sure that you have applied enough sunscreen30 minutes before going out and re-apply after 60 minutes of exposure to the sun or after swimming.

2. Avoid the Sun at Peak Hours

Avoid sun exposure during the hours of 10am to 4pm. These hours, the sun is at its most potentially harmful. Over-exposure in “peak” hours can cause sunburns and premature skin aging. Plan outdoor activities or exercise early in the morning or late in the afternoon if possible. Make sure to be in the shade if you have to spend too much time outside.

3. Water is your Best Mate!

You should try to drink at least eight glasses of water or non-caffeinated liquids a day. Some say eight glasses of water is old fashioned and we may need more, especially in summer. A recent study said that men should drink at least three litres a day, and recommendedtwo litres for women. The best practice is to bring your water bottlewhen going out and don’t miss a chance to drink a lot of water. Also, try to add more fruits and vegetables in your meals because they also add hydration.

4. Wear your Sunnies and a Hat

Remember, sunshine (and UV rays)still pass through the cloudson even overcast days. So, it is best to wear UV blocking sunglasses and hats to protect your eyes and skin. There are two types of UV rays, one is UVA that can cause damage to the iris and the eye interior, and UVB that can damage the lens. Prolonged sun exposure can lead toeye wrinkles, and evencataracts, loss of vision, and skin cancer. So better to be safe than sorry!

5. Wear Light and Loose-fitting Clothes

Wear light coloured shades of clothing and keep them loose to make your body stays fresh and comfortable. Make sure to wear appropriate clothes than can protect your skin from sun exposure. Avoid fabrics like polyester, rayon, and nylon. Instead, pick cotton as much as possible. It’s the most breathable fabric to wear.

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