Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hours to Avoid the Sun

The weather is warming up. It's time to take good care of your skin while you're outside in the sun so you don't get a nasty sunburn that ends up peeling. 

The sun's rays are strong and it's easy to get burnt quickly when you are outside enjoying the weather. There are certain times of day when you need to be extra careful.
sunburned peeling skin

Hours to Avoid the Strongest Sun

The sun's rays are strongest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daylight savings time. I know, it's they're the best hours to be out doing summer thing like going to the beach!

You can still do fun things in the sun. You just have to be careful and wear the magic cream.

The best way to prevent a sunburn is to apply a good full spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. I call it the magic cream! 

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go out in the sun to allow the sunscreen to bind with the proteins in your skin. 

For more sunburn protection at the beach, look at the shadows. 

Go to the beach when the shadows get long. The shadows start to get long at around 4:00 on a summer day.  It's a really beautiful time of day. 

The UVB B burning rays are more scattered by the ozone layer when shadows are long than when the sun is directly overhead when the shadows are short. The UVB B rays are not as strong when they are scattered reducing the risk of sunburn.

There are protective shadows to look for on the beach.

Hide in the Shady Shadows


The shady shadows from your beach umbrella also offer protection from the sun's rays. But don't get overly confident because your are in the shade.  UV rays still reflect from the sand and surf. 

Hide your face, neck and chest in the shadow of a wide 3 or 4 inch hat that is cloth or has a tight weave. 


Also, look for clothing with a high amount of pigment, not sheer white clothing, to absorb the UV rays before they reach the skin. 


You can wear hats and clothing the contains UPF for sunburn protection. Check out Coolibar Sun Protection You Wear

You can also find some great sun protective clothing on Amazon.

Shop for sun protective clothing on Amazon

Don't forget to protect your eyes with sunglasses with UV protection.

Choose a good Full Spectrum Sunscreen

There are so many different sunscreens to choose from, it's hard to pick which one is best.  There are chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. 

Read my post on chemical sunscreen vs physical sunscreen

There are some many different SPFs. There are water resistant sunscreens, kids sunscreens and tinted sunscreens. It can be overwhelming! I always go tho the EWG's yearly sunscreen update. 

Read more about the EWG's sunscreen guide.

I hope this post gets you thinking about the ways you can protect your skin while you are in the sun. Do you know what the best anti aging skin care product is? It's sunscreen!

Thanks for stopping by.

       Have a Beautiful Skin Day! 
xo
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