2. Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
While some sun is necessary for bodily health, too much of it can be the skin’s worst nightmare, especially for those with fair complexions. It is recommended to apply some form of sun protection, whether it be a moderate SPF sunscreen or even a moisturizer with added SPF protection, anytime you expect to be out in the sun for more than half an hour. And keep in mind that if you plan on swimming, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every so often even if the product claims to be water resistant. During the summer, wide-brimmed hats and loose, breathable clothing can also help limit overexposure to harmful UV rays.
When choosing a sunscreen, most experts recommend a ‘broad-spectrum’ sunscreen that protects the skin against both UVA (ultraviolet-A) rays, and UVB (ultraviolet-B) rays. In addition: many experts agree that a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or greater should provide excellent protection against damaging UV rays. In addition to a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 (or greater), sunscreen should be water resistant, which will aid in providing even more protection, over a longer period. When using sunscreen, be sure to apply sunscreen liberally, and apply sunscreen to all bare skin.
If you would prefer to avoid sunscreen altogether, consider the simple shade tree. You can still enjoy the outdoors, and reduce your exposure to direct sunlight by simply staying in the shade.
By combining each of the techniques listed, you can limit your exposure to harmful rays, and keep your own skin, well… radiant.