Summer sun - 5 ways to protect your skin

Summer sun - 5 ways to protect your skin

by Annee de Mamiel |

Summer and Sun

We hear a lot of conflicting and confusing messages about sun exposure.  On the one hand, we are told that sun exposure is an important way to get vitamin D and that we should spend more time outdoors.  On the other hand, skin cancer is on the rise and so we need to cover up.  Which of these statements are true?

Both of them.

We need sun exposure to keep our vitamin D at healthy levels and we need to protect ourselves from too much sun.  So why not give the following tips a try:

  1. Cover up. This is the best method of sun protection. A hat and shirt can protect you from the strongest sun rays. You can also remove them quickly and get direct sun exposure without sunscreen for 20 minutes, but only on your body because the A in UVA is ageing! For those with fair skin, use a hat and shirt in addition to sunscreen and supplement accordingly.  
  2. Stay in the shade. You won’t find animals lying on the beach, baking in the middle of the day, you’ll find them relaxing in the shade. UV rays are greatest when the sun is the highest in the sky between 10am and 4pm. If you can, try getting direct sun exposure in the morning and evening and relaxing in the shade when the UV is highest.
  3. Use natural sunscreen.  This is a must. Look for chemical-free varieties, high in UVB and UVA protection, that have a rating of "1" on the EWG sunscreen guide for sensitivity and try to avoid those with oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. Don’t skimp on the amount you use and don’t forget ears and lips! Reapply every 2 hours.
  4. Examine your skin. I believe it is good practice to check your skin regularly for new moles (make sure your other half looks for you too in those hard to see spots) and contact your doctor if they are growing larger, significantly darker or are tender. If possible, do an annual check with a dermatologist to be sure.
  5. Supplement Vitamin D. The balance between getting enough vitamin D but also protecting ourselves from the sun is not always obvious. Getting enough of this crucial vitamin clearly is a double-edged sword so the easiest way to make sure you are getting what you need, even during the summer, is to take a supplement. You could try D-Lux 3000 Vitamin D Spray

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