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How to Stay Safe Under the Sun

How to Stay Safe Under the Sun

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Posted by: Andrew Huber on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:00:00 am

Yardwork.  Going outside and improving the exterior look of your home.  You’re bent over, you’re sweating, you’re getting dirty... but you’re happy to do it because you’re getting exercise and plenty of sun. 

The sun: the giver of life, the giver of sunburns. 

Every year as the ozone get weaker, the sun becomes a bigger threat.  No matter where you are on your opinion of tans, we all know that we do not want to damage our skin…so let’s talk sunscreen.

This article with the American Academy of Dermatology makes no mystery about it: if you’re going to be under the sun you should wear at least SPF 30 or higher.  SPF 30 blocks 97% of the sun’s UVB rays.  Higher SPFs may block more, but no level of SPF will ever block 100% of the sun’s rays. 

The two most popular ways of applying sunscreen are through cream or sprays and the AAD says both are acceptable.  Cream is more obvious on where it is covering so if you’re going to use spray, make sure you’re going above and beyond to cover every square inch of vulnerable skin.

It’s also recommended that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours; and to opt for water-resistant sunscreen.

Whoops.

You tried, but you got burnt.  Get out of the sun and get moisturizing.  Your skin is not just burnt, but it’s severely dry.  Apply hydrocortisone cream.  The sun won this battle, but you’ll win the war.

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