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Skin Protection from the sun should be important to everyone all year round. The sun gives a boost of vitamin D but too much of it can give us sunburn and skin cancer. Skin cancer occurs when people get abnormal skin cells caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, tanning beds or genetics.
Skin Protection That Is Easy & Affordable
Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended covering up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing is the best way to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The more skin you cover, the less you will have to worry about premature aging and skin cancer. There are companies like Tutublue who make their clothing with UPF fabrics that really protects our skin from the sun. When selecting clothing, make sure to select more vivid colors because they give greater protection.
The Difference Between UPF, SPF, And UVB
Using a wide-brimmed (3-inch or greater) hat that covers the entire head will protect the scalp, ears, and neck. In addition, wearing a really good pair of sunglasses that blocks 100% of both UVA and UVB rays will block the sun UV radiation which can damage our eyes.
How To Protect Our Skin From The Sun
- seek shade, especially between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm
- use sunscreen SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside. Use SPF 30 or higher if you plan to stay outdoors longer, reapplying every 2 hours
- stay away from tanning beds
- always use UV-blocking sunglasses
- examine your entire skin monthly from head-to-toe and get a yearly skin examination from a dermatologist
- use hats, especially oversized ones to cover your face from the sun
- whenever you can cover your skin with clothing
I’m wearing the Aqualung one-piece long beach suit from Tutublue. This comfy stretch legging is made with UPF 50. The fabric that is used to make Tutublue clothes blocks 97% of the UVA+ UVB rays. These leggings come with a top matching top that covers your arms and neck. Many people use it as an “alternative long one-piece beach suit.” The top part has a zip up back and long cord for ease.