When you live in the driest country in the world, you need to be concerned about sun safety. Sure, the sun does many good things, but UVA and UVB are the enemies. Forget getting a suntan. They are the primary cause of skin cancer.
With skin cancer being the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the country, protecting yourself becomes crucial. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this, from applying sunscreens to wearing cool shoulder wrap.
As people in Australia say, “slip-slop-slap”, that is, slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat.
Here’s how to do it right.
Sunscreens act as the first line of defence against the harmful UV rays of the sun. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or 50+, 20 minutes before going out is recommended. However, do not think that applying sunscreen can help you extend your time in the sun. So, use a good sunscreen lotion, spray, or cream, but stay as little under the sun as possible.
Wear Protective Clothing
Other than sunscreen, you also need to wear sun-protecting clothing that protects you even further. Remember, it is vital to keep each part of your body as much covered up as possible when you are going outside. Using versatile wear, like a sun shoulder wrap to cover your shoulders, arms, and top back is, therefore, a good idea. The wrap usually comes with a UPF 50+ protection against harmful UV rays.
Hats Are Your Best Friends
Even if you are wearing a shoulder wrap and sunscreen, your head remains exposed to the sun. Wearing a wide hat can solve this issue. Keep in mind that the hat needs to cover your entire head and some extra space around it. So, a baseball hat will not work in this case. The brim of the hat should be at least 2-3 inches away from your head to cover your ears, forehead, and entire face.
Shades to Look Cool
Your eyes can be very sensitive, and you need to protect them from the scorching sun as well. However, you need sunglasses that make you look cool and offer some level of UV protection. Therefore, make sure to check their UPF level before buying.
Avoid Staying in the Sun
All of the tips mentioned above can help you stay safe for a while under the sun, but none of these ensures that you can stay there longer. Limit the time you spend under the sun in order to avoid getting sunburnt. If you want a tan, get artificial tanners instead. It’s still better than getting skin cancer.
Seek Shade Often
If you must go out, then seek shade as often as possible. Standing under a shade is a great way to protect your skin from getting damaged by the sun. Sitting under a tree, at the park, or under an umbrella at the beach are ways to avoid the sun.
Being under the sun may be fun, but without proper protection, it can be dangerous. With skin cancer being a common health issue, avoiding direct contact with the sun is recommended. However, if you need to go out, apply sunscreen, wear a hat and a shade, and use proper sun-protective clothing to keep yourself safe.