Here are my top 10 Sun Protection Facts to keep you safe this summer!
1. Wear a hat. I highly recommend that you wear one that has an SPF rating. If you can’t find a protective hat is is better to wear a hat than none at all.
2. Choose the right sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
- You’ll want a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA.
- Look for a sunscreen that contains at least one of the following: ecamsule, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide.
3. Apply your sunscreen properly in order to protect yourself from the sun. This includes some places you might not think of, like the tops of your ears, the back of your neck, the part in your hair, your face, and the tops of your feet. Remember to reapply.
4. Avoid the midday sun. Choose to go to the beach later in the day or in the morning- before 10 am or after 4 pm.
5. Limit full exposure to the sun. Use an umbrella when possible. Have a light shirt or dress to put on if you are going to be at the beach or by a pool for hours.
6. Take Astaxanthin***, an antioxidant supplement which has been shown to protect against skin damage from the sun. Make sure that it is Hawaiian.
7. Wear your proper UVA/UBA protective sunglasses.
8. Make sure you are not mineral deficient. Zinc and magnesium are important and a lack of them can cause photo sensitivity and sun rashes. Foods like bone broth are great. Just drink it cool during the summer.
9. Eat healthy fats (avocados, salmon, flax seeds, fish, olive oil, tofu, soy milk, etc). Yes, maintaining a proper diet is crucial in protecting your skin against the sun as well.
10. Take Vitamin D***. (if you are deficient) Research has shown that taking 5,000 to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D for several months can have a sunburn preventing effect and can improve the ability to tan.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight causes brown spots; red, scaly spots; drying and wrinkling; and, worst of all, skin cancer. Even a mild sunburn that produces only a little redness destroys the top layer of your skin, just as if you had seared it with a hot iron. Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
Please remember to be safe!
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!
***Author’s (Kristy Rao) Recommendations Do Not Necessarily Reflect the Views of www.CleanEatingPrograms.com. Please seek professional advice when trying something new.