Top Ten Sunburn Prevention Tips and Techniques

by Tyson Beazley

Avoid SunburnJust like the old ads you used to see on TV used to show, the sun never seems to be that strong until it's already too late.

Frolicking in the sun stops being "fun" when you've discovered you've been scorched, boiled, burned or blistered. Why suffer?

Don't let the heat get you down. If you practice sunburn prevention, your times spend outdoors can be that much more enjoyable!

Use these top ten helpful and easy steps to still have fun in the sun. Which do you use?

Staying Safe in the Sun

1. Slather on Sunblock

Apply sun block at least 15 to 30 minutes before venturing out into the sun and re-apply at least every two hours especially if you have been swimming or sweating. Baby's and young children's delicate skin needs special protection.

Makeup that includes sunscreen shouldn't be used as your only sun protection. It's a good idea to apply another layer of sunscreen in addition to your makeup. Wondering which sunscreens are safe? Get that information right here.

2. Get Those Out of Reach Spots

Don't forget to cover the backs of your knees, back of your neck, elbows and back of your ears (if you have short hair). Feet should also be included if you're wearing sandals, flip-flops or going bare-foot. Even these places can hurt a lot with sunburn.

3. Protect with Clothes

Wear loose, breathable clothing lines. Floppy hats and large umbrellas work well but so do beach cover-ups and the like. Wear long-sleeved cotton shirts when for hiking or cycling. Your sports store has special brands that allow breathing as well as cover-up.

4. Protect Your Scalp

Put a small amount of oil or sunscreen in your hair so you'll avoid burning your scalp or wear a hat. Some shampoos and hair conditioners contain SPF protection, so your head might be protected.

5. Don the Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses protects your eyes, but also prevents sunburn on the sensitive skin areas around your eyes. You'll appreciate anti-glare offered by huge sunglasses, particularly if you are on the beach.

6. Avoid the Strong Midday Sun

Schedule outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon. Play, lay in the sun and swim in the early morning or late afternoon.

7. Beware of Cloudy Days

Ultraviolet rays come through even on cloudy days, even in winter. If you'll be out in the sun, protect all exposed skin.

8. Lips Have Feeling, Too

Remember the kissers. Frequently, apply a lip balm with SPF 15.

9. Rethink Sunbathing

Take it easy, add minutes gradually and consider abstaining. Sun exposure can damage and age your skin. If you want to tan, do it gradually and sensibly, with short exposure and building up over time.

10. When You're Driving

Normal care windows don't block ultraviolet rays. Often the left side of the face, left arm and left hand of drivers show signs of skin damage. Apply sunscreen for commuting or even when running errands.

Whew! Now that you're equipped with knowledge, go forth and conquer the beautiful and bright outdoors!