Summer is here. With warmer, longer days comes the pleasure of being able to spend time outdoors. Sunscreen is a must this time of year, so before you head outside, be sure to choose the right sunscreen for you.
Choose the Right Sunscreen and Enjoy Summer Outdoors
The lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to a deficiency in Vitamin D, which can contribute to serious health conditions. Vitamin D is critical for healthy bones and so much more. Now that the cold months are over, there are many summer outdoor activities we can enjoy while catching some rays. So, whether you decide to go for a hike, have a picnic, or spend a day whitewater rafting or experiencing the mountains of Colorado on an ATV, be mindful of how much exposure you’re getting and make sure you are actively protecting your skin against the damaging effects of the sun. Besides gearing up with the right clothes and accessories to stay sun-safe, make sure you’re using the right sunscreen for you.
Regardless of whether you’re in a pool or a river, water-resistant sunscreen can last anywhere from 40 to 80 minutes even while sweating or swimming. However, to be safe, make sure you reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often depending on the level of activity and perspiration.
Choose SPF 30 or Higher
The Sun Protection Factor or SPF number tells you how much protection the sunscreen will provide against UVB rays. You’ll get more protection from a higher SPF number.
SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely.
Go for “broad spectrum” protection
This way, you’ll be protected against UVA and UVB rays. It’s important to pay attention to this label, as other products without it (including those with an SPF below 15) do not protect you from skin cancer or skin aging, just against sunburn.
Staying sun-safe is more important than most people realize. Enjoy summer. Spend time in the great outdoors and get your Vitamin D levels up, but always make sure you’re taking the necessary measures to keep your skin well protected.