It can be a great feeling to be outside in the sunshine on a warm summer’s day, especially when you are enjoying quality time with friends or family. As nice as it is to relax in the sun, you must always make sure that you are staying safe and protecting yourself as sun exposure can cause serious damage to your skin and health.
How to Stay Safe
So, what can you do to stay safe in the sun this summer? First, you should try to limit sun exposure. Do not spend all day in direct sunlight and make sure that you spend time in the shade, especially during sunny days and around midday when the sun’s light is at its strongest. In addition to this, it is a good idea to wear protective clothing. This can include long sleeve shirts, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. You may be tempted to wear less, but you can find clothing that offers protection while also keeping you cool and looking stylish.
The other key way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear sun cream and you should actually wear this all year round. Roshni Patel, BSC (Hons) MCOptom, expert optometrist at Lenstore states that “Sun cream is vital for protecting your skin and general health, so it’s important to put it anywhere exposed to the sun, including around your eyes. If you do get any in your eyes, use lubricating eye drops if possible or warm water to flush it out, and avoid wearing contact lenses until your eyes feel fully recovered. If irritation still persists, consult your optometrist as soon as possible.”
Why is Sun Exposure Dangerous?
It is also important to understand the dangers of sun exposure. Too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause a range of health issues, including skin burn, eye damage, immune system suppression and skin cancer. Anyone that has experienced sunburn before knows how painful it can be, but there are also much more serious long-term consequences, so it is vital that you know how to stay safe and protect yourself.
The Benefits of Sun Protection
Sun protection is helpful because it can protect your skin against damage while also helping to maintain your skin’s youthful characteristics. Sun protection can stop you from getting sunburn, but you must also understand that even with sun cream you need to limit your time in the sun.
Hopefully, this post will show you the importance of staying safe and help you to take positive steps this summer.