You know you have to wear sunscreen – right? You know you have to wear it whenever you’re outside in the summer – even on cloudy days. And you know you should reapply regularly, most particularly after being in the water. But there are other precautions to take and things to do to protect yourself from the sun.
1. Correct Sunglasses
One of the best sun protection tips to adhere to is to make sure that you own a good quality pair of sunglasses. On sunny days, sunglasses are the only form of protection that you have to defend your eyes from the harmful rays of sun, so it really pays off to invest in a more expensive pair of shades instead of picking up a pair of two dollar shades from a market stall that might be pretty but offer very little in terms of UV protection.
2. Rash Guard
If you are somebody who is particularly susceptible to skin damage from the sun, then you might want to consider investing in rash guard swimwear. They come in a range of super stylish colors and designs these days and can provide ultimate protection for your body against the sun’s rays during a long day at the beach. From quarter sleeve to full body coverage, the best rash guards have fabric that protects up to 50 UPF, making them a must have for you and everyone else who needs to hide their sensitive skin but still wants to spend time outdoors.
3. Lip Protection
You would be surprised how many people cover themselves in sunscreen but don’t put anything on their lips. Your lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your body, and in the summer they are constantly exposed to the harsh glare of the sun. Rather than putting your normal sunscreen on the area, invest in a special SPF lip balm that will be kind to the sensitive skin and protect you at the same time.
4. Prep Your Car
If you are going out on a road trip on a super-hot day, then make sure that you prep your car with all of the protections aids that you will need during the trip. This can be everything from extra bottles of water and sunscreen to protective window blinds in the back of the car if you happen to be taking young children along with you. Don’t consider your handbag as the only hub for your protection products; your car is an equally handy resource to make the most of!
5. Sunscreen Stick
As well as the trusty bottle of sunscreen that you should carry with you everywhere during the summer months, you should also think about buying a smaller sunscreen stick that you can use to repeatedly apply to the more sensitive or susceptible places like your eye area. They won’t make you look shiny and they won’t be easily sweated off, so it is really worth having one to carry around in your bag.
6. Sensible Hat
We all want to look our best in the summer, but this should not be at the expense of practicality. When looking at hats to wear on the beach or on a day out, of course you want to look stylish, but you also want to pick a hat that will provide with good face coverage, even good shoulder coverage if you want something that stretches even wider.
Reapply, reapply, and reapply again! Don’t be fooled in to thinking that a single slather of sunscreen will be enough for the day; you really should be topping up your arms, legs, face, and anything else that is exposed 60 to 90 minutes depending on the SPF factor of your sunscreen.
Staying protected in the sun is the only way to go. Better be safe than sorry!