Lowering Your Risk Amidst Rising Temperatures: Our Top 3 Skin Protection Tips
As we relish in the change of the seasons (after all, who doesn’t love a little more Vitamin D?), we can’t help but also be wary of the long-term effects the return of the sun may have on our health.
To put it simply, studies completed on the impact of sun exposure on one’s skin indicate that UV rays aren’t just painful, rather, they’re considered “complete carcinogens” as a result of their ability to both mutate the skin and irrevocably damage it — down to the cellular level.
Thus, if you’re looking for ways to protect your skin as temperatures begin to rise, here are our top three suggestions:
Soaking in the Sunscreen
According to Yale Scientific, sunscreen works specifically “by blocking and absorbing UV rays through a combination of physical and chemical particles.”
Ideally, one should apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside to ensure full coverage, as well as reapply every two to three hours.
And if you’re not sure what specific products to buy, the American Academy of Dermatology has you covered. They recommend looking for the following:
- A minimum of SPF 30. Not only will higher SPF levels offer you stronger protection from the sun, but it’s especially important for those with sensitive skin.
- Water-resistant assurance. Even if you don’t plan on swimming, your sweat will slowly wear away at the protection provided by sunscreen. Water-resistant brands, however, are more likely to stay in place for longer periods of time.
- “Broad protection” labels. UVA and UVB rays alike are going to be blocked with a product that provides broad coverage.
Keeping It Under Wraps
Who says sunscreen and sunblock are the only things rated for sun protection? Not only will covering up with clothes help to protect you from hazardous sun exposure, but clothing manufacturers are now also producing items specifically designed to block UV radiation.
The Skin Cancer Foundation explains that these clothes are measured and marketed by their Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF. Additionally, similar to that of SPF, one should search for garments that are rated as UPF 30 or higher for the best protection.
Otherwise, if you’re opting to cover up with the clothes that are already in your closet, be sure to reach for:
- Loose-fitting clothes
- Dark-colored items
- And tightly-woven materials
Seeking the Solution of Shade
Finally, “you can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains.
Thus, if you’re looking to enjoy life and protection in the shade, installing a custom-designed screen or awning is an ideal solution for the entire family, no matter the season.
Not only can the right screen or awning keep you up to 20 degrees cooler, but they can also be specifically manufactured to fit your home’s dimensions, thereby ensuring enhanced protection from the sun on your patio, pergola, or even over your doors and windows.
That’s why Sunesta offers revolutionary American-made products, as well as the nation’s leading warranty — because your outdoor comfort and safety are our priority!
Your awning and/or screen should be made to suit your life, and we offer custom-made products, as well as over 130 fabric options, in order to ensure you receive nothing less than the best. Experience our white-glove customer service for yourself when you contact us at 1-800-SUNESTA to get a free quote!