The Fourth of July is one of the most popular holidays where people head out and spend time outside in the sun. Since we have limited sun exposure in the northern states, be sure to take extra care of your skin when you’re outside. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to skin cancer down the road, so whether you’re at the beach or in your backyard, keep these tips in mind to stay safe from sun exposure.
- Schedule Out Of The Sun Time. The sun is most intense between 10 AM and 4 PM. Keep this in mind when you’re planning an outdoor barbecue or beach day. If you are outside during this time, bring an umbrella or find a shady spot to hang out for the day.
- Slather On The Sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher and applying 30 minutes before you go outside. Make sure you reapply every couple of hours while you’re in the sun, and more often if you’re in the water or sweating a lot. This will help to prevent your skin from burning, which can be painful and dangerous.
- Choose Your Clothing Wisely. Covering your skin with lightweight clothing can help protect your skin from sunburn. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses helps to protect your face and eyes from sun damage as well.
- Know When You’re Too Hot. Heat-related illness, like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can result from being in the sun too long. Click here to check out our blog on what to look for and how to avoid heat-related illness!
Keeping these tips in mind can help you to have a safe Fourth of July and rest of the summer. You don’t have to stay inside all summer to protect your skin – just know what to do to prevent damage!