Saturday, February 20, 2010

Protect your precious skin!

One function of clothing is protection because our bodies need protection from the elements. With the risk of skin cancer ever increasing it is important to cover up while you are in the sun. Remember, if there is day light that means there is sun light!

Here are some ideas to protect your precious skin tissues from damaging sun rays:

• Wear a large brimmed hat. If it is a windy day opt for a bucket hat that will stay on your head easier but still provide round the head brim coverage.

• Wearing sheer fabrics does not protect your skin. Always use tightly woven fabrics to help block out the sun’s rays.

• In hot climates and weather, you can wear natural lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton so you can stay cool and comfortable while being covered. Make sure they are loose cut instead of clinging to your body.

• Long sleeve shirts and long pants. Of course, if you’re going for a tan this isn’t what you had in mind. But if you’re going to be out in the sun all day and not at the beach or pool be sure to cover up as much of your flesh as possible.

• Don’t forget the neck. If you can find a hat with a neck flap or a shirt with a high collar that would be ideal. If anything, apply that sunscreen on often overlooked places like the neck, ears, toes and (if not wearing a hat) on your head where your hair parts.

• Light colors-they will reflect light rather than absorb it like dark colors will.

• Stylish sunglasses with UVA/B protection.

• If you’re worried your fabric isn’t thick enough increase your sun protection with a wash on product such as SunGuard. It’s inexpensive and easy to apply with no side effects on the clothes or your skin.

• If possible, use an accessory such as a sun umbrella. You would be surprised at the relief from sun rays (and heat) that happens just from carrying around your own portable shade.

• If you’re fair skinned, like me, try covering up when out swimming under the sun as much possible. It could be as simple as putting on a tee shirt to prevent painful sunburns. When back on land use a wrap or other piece of clothing to cover up.

• Your most important accessory to keep harmful sun rays from damaging your skin-sunscreen! UVA & UVB protection-I would suggest at least an SPF of 50 for sensitive skin. Don’t forget to use waterproof sunscreen if you will be in the water or perspiring. Remember to re-apply at least every two hours. Don’t forget lip balm with SPF protection as well.

• Don’t be fooled to thinking because you have a skin type that doesn’t sunburn easily that you are immune from skin cancer (as well as aging affects on the skin from the sun)!

Use clothing and accessories to protect your body from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays!

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