Sun safety tips

The sun is both our friend and foe; without it life could not exist but it can also cause serious health risks. Years of research prove how necessary it is to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. 

The experts at Solar Sense suggest that you practice all the sun safety tips together to protect your skin from sun’s damaging effects and reduce your risk of skin cancer:

Sunscreen

You should choose a sunscreen with Zinc Oxide with other sunscreens for Broad Spectrum Protection. You should also check the SPF level to be sure you are adequately protected. The fairer you are or the longer you plan on being outdoors, the more SPF protection you will need.   Solar Sense offers a full line of Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum sunscreens including SPF 50, Sport SPF 50 and SPF 70.

Sunscreen Application

Liberally and evenly apply a UVA1/UVA2/UVB Broad Spectrum Sunscreen 15 – 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours, after prolonged water exposure, towel drying or exercising. 

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to hidden and hard to reach areas such as your ears, neck, shoulders and around the hairline. We recommend Solar Sense Clear Zinc SPF 50+ Stick for the ears and around the hairline; Solar Sense Clear Zinc SPF 50+ Lotion, Solar Sense Clear Zinc SPF 50+ Sport Lotion for the body and Solar Sense Clear Zinc SPF 50+ Cream for your face and neck.

Children and the Sun

Skin damage is cumulative over time and occurs with each unprotected exposure, therefore sun safety should be a priority for children. Plus, healthy habits are best learned young so begin to teach them sun safety as children.

Limit Exposure

It is wise to limit exposure or seek shade between 10am – 4pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest. You should also wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses.

To prevent unnecessary over-exposure, check the UV Index daily when planning outdoor activities.

Year-Round Care

Sun safety never goes out of season…..you need to protect your skin Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Don’t be fooled by the weather because even on cloudy days, UV rays reach the earth and can cause skin damage. Use extra care near water, snow or sand, which reflects sun’s rays.

Never Seek a Tan

There is no such thing as a “healthy” or “safe” tan and it is important that you avoid indoor tanning beds and sunbathing. A tan is the skin’s reaction to the damaging UV radiation by producing additional pigmentation to the skin.