Yay, May is finally here! Summer-like heat and humidity are on their way, but the need for sunscreen has never left. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the first shield between your interior organs and the environment. So, no matter the season, you always need to protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s rays. Here are some armor ideas:
Shield your skin. Sunscreen absorbs dangerous UV-A and UV-B radiation that causes sunburn and skin cancer. It’s available with SPFs of 2-50. But how much protection is enough? The American Cancer Society and most dermatologists recommend SPF 30 or stronger year-round for most skin types; those with fairer complexions or who burn easily should consider a higher number.
Apply wisely. Generously spread sunscreen on all exposed skin; use lip balm with SPF, too. Timing matters as well: Put on sunscreen 30-120 minutes before sun exposure, then reapply every 80 minutes, more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating heavily.
Cover your eyes. UV rays can also contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration. Guard your eyes by wearing sunglasses that block 99%-100% of UV rays and screen out 75%-90% of visible light.
Keep you skin protected this spring, and all year round, and you're skin will stay healthy! Now, start digging out those swimsuits!