1. Cover up: The sun can’t hurt you if it can’t get to you! Covering up is the best method of sun protection if you still want to enjoy the sun’s heat. A hat and shirt can protect you from the sun’s strongest rays!
2. Stay in the Shade: When the sun’s ray are the strongest, it’s best to stay in the shade. UV is the highest between 10am and 4pm, at which time the sun will do the most damage to your skin. If you want sun exposure, try getting direct sun exposure in the morning and evening when the sun is lower in the sky.
3. Use Natural Sunscreen: Rain or shine, hot or cold, sunscreen is a must all year long. Look for chemical-free varieties, high in UVB and UVA protection and be sure to incorporate it into your daily skin care routine!
4. Examine your skin: Extended sun exposure will cause sunburns, which may cause permanent damage and skin cancer. Be aware and check your skin regularly for signs of burning, peeling and new moles.
5. Supplement Vitamin D: Soaking up the sun can help you meet your vitamin D needs, which helps to maintain healthy bones and teeth. But the balance between getting enough vitamin D and protecting ourselves from the sun is not always obvious. Supplement vitamin D to make sure you are getting what you need, while maintaining your skin health.