While UV rays aren’t all dangerous – they’re a key way to soak in some necessary Vitamin D – overexposure to UV rays can do some life-long damage to your skin. From wrinkles and discoloration, to skin cancer, the risks of stepping out in the sun unprotected aren’t really worth that three-month-long tan.
With summer is in full swing, we’d hate for you to skip out on any fun in the sun! We’ve decided to share some tips with you for enjoying some fun in the sun….safely! Because really, who actually wants a sunburn this summer?
First things first, sunscreen.
While we covered this on National Sunscreen Day, these tips are worth taking into account when you’re getting ready to head out for the day. That INCLUDES even the cloudiest of days! Those UV rays are sneaky, so don’t let the cloud covering fool ya! Slather it on from head-to-toe and don’t forget your scalp, ears, and lips – these often-forgotten spots are quick to burn after a day out in the sun.
Our fave tip? Grab one of those empty spray bottles from a drug store, and fill it with half a cup of water and about a tablespoon of your sunscreen for easy hair and scalp sun protection!
Get your timing right.
The harshest sun and most dangerous combination of UVA and UVB rays occurs around midday – between 10am and 2pm. If you have to be outside then, cover up! If you can, take that time to get inside to cool off for lunch, or take a break in the shade and avoid these powerful rays.
Fake it till you make it.
Looking for that perfect sun-kissed, summertime glow? Look no further than your local drugstore! The days of orange spray tans are long gone. Nowadays, you can get relatively inexpensive and self-tanners that don’t make you look like an Oompa-Loompa that stumbled out of Willy Wonka’s factory. What’s better than that summer glow all year round…especially when it comes free of any skin damage!?
Take your vitamins.
It’s true! Vitamin C and E are key ingredients in repairing your skin and keeping it healthy. Load up on orange juice and, if you do get a sunburn, consider using some vitamin E oil to help it heal up quickly.
Switch your everyday moisturizer to one with SPF and go bravely out into the world knowing that you have an extra layer of sun protection! Plus, alternating between the humidity outside and the dry, AC-induced air inside – paired with the summer heat and sun – can cause skin to dry out quickly. The best time to apply your moisturizer is right after the shower, when your pores are nice and open, and before you head to bed so you have all night for your skin to soak in all the good stuff!
How’re you beating the heat and staying sunburn free this summer? Share your #CapturetheFun pics with us on Instagram and Twitter! @BNCollege