Summer is in full swing! We’ve seen countless beach trips, barbecues, picnics and other outdoor activities. Without a doubt, there are guaranteed to have countless more before the season ends. FoodFacts.com has absolutely no objections to outdoor fun, but be sure to take the necessary precaution to protect your skin from sun exposure.
It’s important to note that protection from ultraviolet (UV) exposure is essential all year round. However, harmful UV rays are at their maximum in the summertime. The good news is, people have become more cautious about the damaging effects of overexposure over the years. We have studies that link it to skin cancer, as well as celebrities like Hugh Jackman calling for caution to thank for that.
Aside from skin cancer, sun exposure causes other health problems: wrinkles and age spots, leathery skin, eye diseases and a weakened immune system. Below are things you should consider when keeping your skin safe from the sun’s damaging UV rays this summer.
Understandably, the scorching temperatures during the summer months make you want to don comfortable clothing, like tank tops and shorts, all the time. Every now and then, though, mix your wardrobe up with long sleeves, pants and maxi skirts and dresses. Full body swimwear are recommended, or at the very least, have protective cover-ups at the ready for pool parties or beach trips.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), the peak burning hours are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the same timeframe you’re actually doing summer outdoor activities. Seek, bring or make your own shade. A broad-brimmed hat can help, too!
High altitudes and reflective surfaces
Elevation means less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation. Therefore, there’s higher risk of overexposure when you’re at higher altitudes. Reflective surfaces such as sand and water, on the other hand, absorb and reflect damaging rays, increasing your chances of sunburn even if you’re in a considerably shady spot.
There are certain foods that are incredibly helpful in staying healthy during the summer. Some even have protective properties against sunburn and other sun damaging effects, such as corn and tomatoes. Both are actually considered natural sunblock.
Whether it’s summer or not, sunny or overcast, the sun’s UV rays will always have damaging effects on your skin. We couldn’t say this enough: generously apply broad-spectrum sunscreen any time you go outdoors in the daylight.