Correct Application of Sunscreen
Quite obviously, using sunscreen is perhaps your best method for preventing nasty sunburns. However, many people either buy the wrong product or use their sunscreen incorrectly, practically rendering this method useless. First, what constitutes a “good” product?
You want a “broad spectrum protection” sunscreen; this specific type prevents sunburns caused by UVB and UVA rays. All sunscreens protect against UVB rays, which cause burns, but broad-spectrum protection also safeguards your skin from UVA rays, which cause cancer and visual signs of aging.
Next, consider your sunscreen’s SPF (sun protection factor). Doctors always recommend an SPF of 30 or above, or 50 if you’re more prone to burns. Anything over an SPF of 50 is only marginally better, so stay in the 30-50 range when purchasing a new product.
If you’re spending time at the pool or beach, you’ll want something water resistant. In truth, water-resistant products are always a good option, especially if you’re a heavy sweater. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, regardless of if you take a dip or spend time sunbathing.
Time of Day
With the basics of sunscreen out of the way, let’s explore other methods for avoiding sunburns that are extremely effective. You can actually hack your daily schedule to avoid harmful UV-rays, the very same thing that sunscreen protects against. The sun emits the highest concentrations of UV-rays from around 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, depending on the region in which you live.
During these times, it’s important to limit your direct exposure to the sun. That doesn’t mean you can’t go outside during the sunniest times of the day—simply be aware of this time gap and double up on protective clothing and sunscreen. For instance, don’t fall asleep sunbathing for an extended amount of time when the sun is the most harmful to the skin.
Cover Up Problem Areas
Some people burn more than others, especially in different body areas. You might suffer sunburns more on the neck, ears, shoulders, chest, arms, or legs. If so, it’s important to protect these problem spots with coverage. That’s why understanding how to layer clothes during the summer seasons is so essential.
You want to create outfits that are comfortable and trendy but that also keeps your skin safe from UV- rays. The best way to cover these spots is by investing in a thin-material button-up or coat dress. These items are flowy and easily removable and won’t leave you a sweaty mess during the hot hours of the day. Additionally, consider purchasing a sun hat that keeps rays off of your face and neck.
Use these ways to avoid sunburns this summer so you can spend time relaxing and being comfortable. When in doubt, consult a skincare professional; they can recommend more comprehensive measures tailored to your specific needs.