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Suncare for self-care

Suncare for self-care

It’s that time of year, y'all, when the weather is perfect, the sun is shining, and after a year of pandemic, we are bursting to get some good ol’ fun in the sun. While sun is an important part of self-care <vitamin D, yes please!>, it’s still important to take some basic steps to stay safe and healthy while soaking up the rays. 

  1. Wear your sunscreen. Whether you are a sun goddess or a little bit more modest with your sun exposure, the sun can wreak havoc on your skin and a burn can ruin a perfectly good day. While you don’t have to spend gobs of money, look for a quality broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF, and apply it 15-30 minutes before heading into the sun. If you are spending the day on the lake, a river, or at the beach, make sure your sunscreen is water resistant and reapply frequently. Your skin will thank you later!
  2. Bring an umbrella or a hat. When mama would say to wear your hat, she was right. The scalp is extremely sensitive and can get burned just like your skin. Protect your scalp and hair from the drying, burning effects of the sun with a hat. Not into hats? Try a sunbrella! There are plenty of affordable and reflective sunbrellas out there. Pro tip: Our eyes are also sensitive to the sun. Don’t forget your sunglasses for some extra coverage and comfort.
  3. Consider waiting until late afternoon. As the days grow longer, we have more sun time. The late afternoon sun <after 4 pm> is often less aggressive and outdoor activities can often be enjoyed with little to no sunscreen. Pro tip: When your shadow is longer than you are, then you are generally safe from the harshest rays of the sun.
  4. Find Shade. Even when craving some rays, bringing your own shade in the form of a beach umbrella or shade tent can often make your sun day more enjoyable. At a park? Find a big shady tree to camp out under. It’s a great way to take a break and cool down! 
  5. Stay Hydrated. Gals, we mean water not wine here. While it’s perfectly wonderful to add adult beverages to your beach day, the sun can be particularly dehydrating. Be sure to add adequate water or other hydrating non-alcoholic beverages to your list. Proper hydration is important to your overall health, skin, and will help make sure you still feel refreshed after your fun sun day.

Whether you are in the sun or shade, some outside time alone, with the fam, or with a group of friends is sure to bring some joy to your life! So, grab your sunscreen and head outside. 

This article is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. If you have a medical condition or have questions related to sunscreen, sun damage or other conditions related to sun exposure, please seek guidance from a licensed medical professional.

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