Did you know that your skin is the largest organ you have? Now that summer is here, you’re likely soaking up some rays to get that bronzed look. Get bronzed without getting burned with these eight tips from the FDA on sun safety.
- You should apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.
- You should use a broad-spectrum (protecting from both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater to protect uncovered skin from the sun.
- The sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm.
- Although people with pale skin and light hair are most vulnerable, people of every shade are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer.
- Keep infants under six months out of the sun.
- Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds.
- Certain oral and topical medicines, including antibiotics, birth control, and benzoyl peroxide products can increase the sensitivity of your skin and eyes to UV rays. Check the label on your medicines and discuss the risks with your doctor.
- Cosmetics that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) also may increase sun sensitivity and susceptibility to sunburn.
If you’re searching for solutions to support skin health, give these four skin quenching therapies some serious consideration.
- Aloe Vera (topical) – Aloe Vera soothes minor skin irritations such as sunburn and dry, chapped skin; it softens the skin to keep it lovely, smooth and glowing
- Vitamin E (topical) – Helps moisturize skin, protect it against harmful environmental factors and helps soothe sunburn
- Lutein – Is nature’s antioxidant for healthy skin
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid, topical) - Vitamin C supplements help to support skin health and topically applied vitamin C protects skin against ultraviolet radiation
Here’s to bain de soleil!
How much time do you spend in the sun on a daily basis?