Summer is here and I have officially been spending my Sundays lounging on the beach and enjoying the beautiful Florida weather. When I was younger, I use to bake under the bright sunrays as if it was nothing and definitely experienced my fair share of sunburns. Now as I’m getting older and understand the importance of proper skin care, I make sure to give myself time in between being under the umbrella and tanning. In order to protect ourselves against skin cancer, there are necessary precautions that should take place each time we step out into the sun for long time periods.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion published a toolkit for UV Safety Month last July that I found to be full of helpful information. Here are some tips to help protect your skin, courtesy of The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
1. Practice Good Habits – When out in the sun, bring enough sunscreen for everyone to use and offer this to those around you. Getting friends and family in the routine of using protecting will only help them in the long run. Try our all-natural sunscreen that contains coconut oil and zinc oxide for an alternative to store-bought items.
2. Cover Up – If you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, bring a long sleeve shirt, or cover up with you to help protect yourself from the sun.
3. Check the Times – Avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will be the most beneficial. These times give the maximum sun exposure, which can lead to a higher risk for sunburn. Try setting up an umbrella or canopy during these hours if spending long periods of time on the beach.
4. Sunburn – If sunburn does occur from prolonged sun exposure, seek relief as soon as possible. Coconut oil is a great ingredient to use on sunburned skin to help moisturize and soothe the affected area. This coconut oil and aloe mixture has worked the best on my occasional sunburns.
Hopefully these tips will help during the long sunny summer days that are coming up. Another great sunburn relief remedy that I love and is great for kids is our green tea and coconut oil compress – the combination of the two does wonders!