Now that summer is here, more people are enjoying the warm weather by spending time outside. However, as you are outside, you are exposed to the sun. Failing to properly protect yourself and your children from the sun can lead to many potential issues, including skin prematurely aging and increasing the odds of developing skin cancer. Here are a few tips that can help you to protect your skin when you are spending time outdoors.
Wear a Hat, Sunglasses and Other Protective Clothing
When you are going to be spending time outdoors, you need to ensure you wear the right protective gear. This includes wearing a hat to protect your delicate facial skin, wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes, and wearing any other protective clothing that may be needed, such as shirts that offer UV protection. If you are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, you may also want to consider setting up things like a sun shelter tent or easy up to help offer some protection from direct sunlight.
Apply and Reapply Sunscreen As Needed
When you are spending time outside, it is important to apply and reapply sunscreen often. You should apply sunscreen to any part of your body that is not covered in a layer of fabric. Always use at least a 15 SPF sunscreen, and use a sunscreen described for the activities you will be partaking in. Some sunscreens are sweat or water resistant, which is ideal for those playing beach volleyball, biking or swimming. It is also important to be aware that most sunscreens expire about two years after they were made. If your sunscreen is old, toss it and purchase a new one. Sunscreen should be reapplied at least once every two hours, and it should be applied even on cloudy days. You can still burn and receive sun damage when the sun is covered by clouds. Pro tip: don't forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet!
Limit Sun Exposure
Another important general sun care tip is to limit your sun exposure. The sun is at its hottest during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Most experts recommend limiting the amount of time you spend outdoors during these hours. Try to go out before this time or after this time when possible. If you do need to be out during these hours, try to take breaks to give your body a break from the sun.
Drink Plenty of Water
Finally, anytime you are going to be spending time outdoors, be sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated can help to prevent dehydration, helps you to maintain a normal body temperature, helps to replenish fluids you may lose while sweating and helps to keep your skin hydrated and supple. When you are spending time in the sun, you may need to up your fluid intake to help ensure all of these benefits.
Here at Sweeney Foot and Ankle Specialists, we want to ensure you stay safe while you are out playing in the sun, and that your feet stay safe as well. When you are out in the sun, don't forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet and wear shoes to protect the bottom of your feet from burning or injuries. If you encounter any issues with your feet, we are here to help you. Call us to schedule an appointment today.