It's important to educate ourselves on sun health and ways to protect our skin. Although exposure to the sun can provide an adequate amount of Vitamin D, which helps prevent osteoporosis and other conditions, too much sun can cause skin cancer.
- Wear sun hats or protective accessories such as sunglasses. Although these items are popular style-wise, they are also protective and prevent damage to the eyes and skin.
- The rays of the sun are the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it is crucial to protect your skin with clothing or use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, with UVA and UVB protection, during these hours.
- Make sure you coat yourself fully with sunscreen. People often neglect parts of their bodies such as the neck and chest, but these areas are important to protect as well. Re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours.
- Sun exposure and tanning accelerate the process of aging and UV rays in the sun damage elastic properties in the skin. The elastin in our skin is what helps it to recoil back to its original place. With the effects of the sun's rays our skin begins to sag and it loses its natural elascticity.