Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it has a variety of important functions. It helps protect your inner organs, warms you up and cools you down, and it is thought of as a direct reflection of how healthy you are on the inside.
The sun’s UVB rays cause sunburn, and potentially cause skin cancer. UVA rays also can be harsh on the skin, causing age spots and wrinkles.
Sunburn is, in fact. one of the most common illnesses to affect summertime vacationers. Protecting your skin and enjoying the sun do not have to be mutually exclusive.
You can avoid sunburn with proper protection, which includes hats, protective clothing, sun umbrellas, sunscreen, and limited sun exposure.
Apply a broad-spectrum (blocks UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure. Use sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher. Higher numbers are better. Check the expiration date.
Reapply sunscreen throughout the day, at least every two hours and after swimming, sweating, or using a towel to dry off. Remember that the sun is strong even on a cloudy day.
Do NOT try a new sunscreen while on vacation. Choose a sunscreen that you already like, or if you are trying a new one, use it at home at least one month prior to vacation. This is an especially important tip for those with allergies. If a reaction occurs, one month should allow for enough recovery time.
Vida Health Coach Elaine suggests using pure aloe as an effective after-sun soother.