At the beach house? In your hotel room? No worries. You don’t need to abandon your vacation to get the skin care you need.
The Fourth of July is mere days away – and as we head into the “dog days of summer,” many people make beach time a top priority. In an attempt to soak up as many rays as you can, it’s easy to forget the health implications of bad sun burns. According to the CDC more than one-third of adults and 70% of kids admited to getting sunburned in the past year.
The mechanics behind a sun burn are pretty simple, but they reveal why sun protection is so critical. The short story is that the sun gives off UVA and UVB rays that reach earth and can cause sun burns, early aging, and skin damage in humans – not all is visible to the naked eye. This slide show from the Mayo Clinic shows different types of sun damage and prompts you when to talk to a doctor or get a spot checked.
Don’t worry, there are lots of ways to prevent sunburns altogether:
Sun Protection 101
- Check the weather and avoid direct sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm
- Know your skin type and monitor the time you spend in the sun
- Wear a hat with at least a 4 inch brim to shield your face, neck, and ears
- Use sunglasses with UV ray protection to keep from damaging your eyes
- When you do spend a chunk of time in the sun, WEAR SUNSCREEN
- Check SPF factor listed on the sunscreen bottle and apply as the instructions direct