Some of us love to go outside and play under the sun. During summer or any other day of the year, when the sun is up in the sky, it’s a universal symbol for a beautiful day. It’s on those sunny days where children and adults go out and enjoy the weather, because you never know what weather you will have tomorrow. You probably love to make the most of today and play under the sun. But of course, you also need to keep your skin from too much sun exposure that could lead to burning.
There are some of us who do not have much choice but to bathe in the sun’s heat. Those who work under the sun include lifeguards, engineers, field workers and other professions where the venue of their jobs is often outdoors. While we all work hard to make a living, we should also keep our health intact because otherwise, our source of living is affected in a big way. For those who work under the sun, their main battle here is protecting themselves from the harmful rays of the sun itself.
We all know that a few ounce of sunlight is healthy, but too much of it can cause burning, skin diseases and even skin cancer. That is why while we go out and play under Mr. Sun, we also need to make sure that our skin is well protected. Here are 11 tips to prevent sunburns and make your beautiful day worry-free from burns:
1. Moisturize Your Skin
Dry skin is always an invitation for skin problems, especially if you bake it in the heat of the sun. Too much dryness and heat can lead to dead skin cells, boils and other skin diseases. Fighting away the dryness is the first step to keep the skin healthy and radiant.
Keeping your skin moisturized will help fight away the heat that will causes dryness of the skin. Before going under the sun and on a regular basis, apply on moisturizer on your face and all body parts that get exposed to the sun. This will help battle the heat and also prevent oiliness.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin
If the objective is to get a tan, exfoliating your skin is a must to get the most radiant and glowing tan.
Exfoliation will remove the dead skin cells from the surface, leaving a much renewed and fresh layer of skin. It will also remove pore-clogging dirt and oil, which can get in the way of getting a good tan.
Having a fresh layer of skin will also mean that the skin is much healthier, making it much more able to fight the unhealthy UV rays that could lead to burning. Exfoliation can give twice the benefits that you need to maintain a radiant glow.
3. Use Sunscreen
No, sunscreen does not prevent a tan. That’s a myth. In fact, if you want to have a darker tan, but find it too hot to go under the sun for long hours, sunscreen is your main player.
Using sunscreen can extend your hours under the sun without getting burned. It has extra UV protection that can protect the skin from harmful burning rays.
Applying sunscreen gives your skin more tolerance to the sun’s ultraviolet burning rays, which means you can bask in the sun longer and get yourself a darker, glowing tan.
4. Cover Yourself Up
If you are a worker and your job requires you to go under the sun for hours at a time, there’s really no other way to do it than to cover up. Aside from applying sunscreen and moisturizer, the best way to protect your skin is to cover it with layers of clothes from top to toe.
True, that would make it a lot hotter, but it is far better than exposing your skin to the harmful rays that can give you skin diseases or even skin cancer.
It’s a done deal. You might also be interested to learn that in covering yourself up, you can sweat out toxins and other substances from your body effortlessly. Consider wearing breathable fabrics that will keep you cooler.
5. Wear A Hat And Sunglasses
You can’t clothe your body overall, really. To cover your head and your eyes, wear a hat and your pair of sunglasses.
This will prevent direct heat to strike your head, which can lead to headaches and sunburns. Cover your eyes from too much light from the sun, which can also lead to headaches and vision damage.
Plus, wearing a hat and sunglasses can add to your fashion sense. You can never go wrong with adding them to your summer look. You can match them with any color and style your fashion statement may be, so have several on hand for any outfit.
6. Bring An Umbrella
An umbrella is not only made for the rain. Well, not anymore. With the heat that we have in the world today, you have to take what you can get in making sure your skin is well-protected.
Aside from the skin lotions, the layers of clothing and fashion statement that you do to cover your skin, it is also best if your carry an umbrella with you if you go out in the sun.
An umbrella will be your temporary fortress while battling the sun’s heat. You can’t stay outside without a roof all day.An umbrella is your best choice.
7. Equip Yourself With Vitamin D
You’re probably thinking: what? We all know that exposing yourself in the sun for a few minutes every day can get you enough vitamin D that your body needs, right? So what’s all this?
In a recent study, it showed that a good amount of vitamin D in the body will help keep the skin protein abundant, therefore preventing or helping to prevent burns or diseases coming from UV rays.
Not only does vitamin D make your bones and muscles strong, apparently it does the same to your skin. You get vitamin D from the sun, but it would be healthiest to expose yourself in the early morning or late afternoon for around 10 minutes only. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the rays are the strongest, and therefore, more dangerous.
8. Eat Fruits That Are Rich In Vitamin C
Vitamin C has always been known to be good for anti-aging and making the skin healthier and brighter. In a more specific manner, vitamin C prevents the formation of brown spots on the skin and other skin diseases brought about by too much sun exposure.
It boosts the collagen production, which makes the skin equipped and protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Wait, there’s more. Vitamin C apparently also reduces irritation and inflammation – both cases can be caused by the sun’s heat. It can also improve and quicken the healing process of skin problems or sunburns. How about that? Vitamin C is a win-win for you.
9. Use Coconut Oil On Your Skin
Coconut oil is known to make the skin smooth, among other things. Among the many contents of coconut oil are saturated fats, proteins, vitamin E and anti-aging ingredients that are all great for the skin.
These substances work together to make the skin stronger and to fight the damage that harmful UV rays may provide to the skin.
It is also advisable to apply coconut oil to your scalp before going out in the sun to protect your scalp from damage and from dandruff due to too much heat.
10. Do Not Purposely Get A Tan
Some of us want to get that summer glow that symbolizes an epic summer of fun, the beach and friends. We get that, but exposing yourself to the sun by doing all your planned fun activities is already enough sun exposure in itself.
Going out of your way to go sunbathing and basking your skin under the sun all day may not be good for the skin.
Too much exposure to the sun may get you the tan that you want, but you have to consider the harmful UV rays that you’re exposing your skin too, as well. So by all means, enjoy playing under the sun, but please don’t go under the sun on purpose without a valid reason.
11. Do Not Stay Under The Sun For Too Long
Of course, the best way to avoid too much of the sun’s heat is to not go under it for too long. Give yourself a break once in a while and go under a shade of a tree or inside the house.
It may be a fun day to go out, but you have to think about your skin, too. Do not stay under the sun for too long to protect your skin.
Sunburns are nasty stuff. It may be a symbol of a fun-filled day at the beach, or being outside with family and friends, but it still hurts and is very uncomfortable. Having a tan may look good on you, but sunburns are not good for you. So, if you want to have a tan, by all means do so safely. Just make sure you protect yourself from burning, because that can be a real pain.