5 Ways to Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure
Living in the south, it can be hard to avoid sun exposure. It’s not all bad … we need the sun to help us produce vitamin D and to regulate our sleep cycles. Not to mention, it’s the key to a nice beach or outdoor day!
While the sun has its benefits, it can also cause harm. From skin cancer to premature aging, the sun’s UV rays can do lots of damage. That’s why it’s important that we protect ourselves from everyday sun exposure. Here are a few tips.
This one should go without saying, but the fact is that few adults apply sunscreen as part of their daily routine. Limited sun exposure, even on a cloudy day, can still lead to skin damage over time. Women can opt for makeup that includes SPF. Mixing sunscreen into your moisturizer is also a good way to ensure that you’re wearing it everyday.
Look for a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. If you’re spending a prolonged period in the sun, be sure to reply every hour or two.
If you’ll be in the sun, be sure to bring along a hat and sunglasses. A full-brim hat will protect the sensitive skin on your face, as well as your neck and ears. UV-blocking sunglasses are also a must, as they’ll protect your eyes from sun damage and prevent your from squinting, which can lead to wrinkles.
Find a shady spot
One of the benefits of living in the South is the beautiful weather. While enjoying it, be sure that you stay out of direct sunlight when possible. Planting trees in your yard can not only provide a nice shady area where you can relax without worrying about the sun, but can also help lower your electricity bills. Reducing the amount of direct sunlight hitting your home will lead to lower temperatures inside, allowing you to spend less on cooling costs.
Add UV-blocking window film
Protecting yourself from the sun when you’re outside is crucial, but you can even go farther to limit sun damage. Skin Cancer Foundation-approved window film can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s available for your car, home and office.
Window film not only protects your skin, but it can also prevent your furnishings and flooring from fading caused by sunlight.
Eat Antioxidant-rich foods
Sun exposure can cause free radicals to build up in your system. These pesky molecules can contribute to premature aging and even the development of skin cancer. Fortunately, antioxidants can help fight free radicals. Antioxidant-rich foods include tomatoes, berries, dark chocolate, nuts, green tea and dark green veggies.
For more information about window film and the way it can help block the sun’s harmful rays, contact Accent Distributing today.