Practicing "safe sun" refers to adopting healthy habits and protective measures to minimize the potential harmful effects of sun exposure. Beyond proper skincare, there are some practical things everyone can do to practice safer sun habits:
Limit your time in direct sunlight, especially during peak hours between 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.. When outdoors, try to stay in the shade, under an umbrella, or wear protective clothing when possible.
Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your arms and legs and choose fabrics with a tight weave that provide better sun protection. Don't forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to shield your face and eyes from the sun.
Remember that water, sand, and snow can reflect sunlight and intensify sun exposure. Take extra precautions when near these surfaces by wearing appropriate protection and reapplying sunscreen more frequently.
Some medications can increase your sensitivity to the sun. If you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist to see if they can make your skin more vulnerable to sunburn or other sun-related issues.
An antioxidant skincare routine to prep all skin types for sun exposure and free radical defense as we head into Summer.
Drink plenty of water - especially when exposed to the sun - to help your skin maintain its natural moisture, thereby preserving barrier function, elasticity and promoting proper healing after long periods outdoors.
Perform self-examinations of your skin to check for any changes, such as new moles or spots, or any changes in existing ones. If you notice anything unusual, consult a dermatologist.