When it comes to protecting our kids from the harmful rays of the sun, the United States is far behind. Australia and many European countries require schools to support the use of hats and sunscreen on a daily basis.
5 Best Ways To Protect Yourself
Sunscreen: Applying sunscreen is a highly affective way of protecting your skin from the sun’s rays. Generously apply sunscreen to all areas that are exposed to the sun and be sure to thoroughly cover the highly exposed areas such as your nose, ears, neck, shoulders, and chest. For the best protection apply SPF 30+ sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours.
Hats: Wide brimmed hats do an excellent job of protecting your head, face and neck from the sun. If a baseball hat is more your style, be sure to wear it facing forward to maximize its skin protecting abilities.
UV Protective Clothing: Wearing long sleeves and pants is an easy way to cover up your skin and shield it from the sun. Check for clothes with a high UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which are made specifically to block out sunlight.
Sunglasses: Shades are great for not only protecting your eyes from the sun, but also the skin and sensitive areas around them.
Shade: Seeking shade is an excellent way to stay out of the sun and away from its harmful rays. It is always important to remember that the sun’s rays are most harmful between the hours of 11am and 2pm and to seek shade whenever possible during this time.
Don’t Forget: Just 20 minutes of daily sunlight (without sunscreen) gives you a healthy dose of vitamin D, which is essential for good health.
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