Any hour you spend in the sun without protection, you’re damaging your skin. Sun damage can set in much quicker than you expect and can have major effects on your skin. But how do you shun the wreck? Staying out of the sunlight is the best thing to ward off sunburn. Other cautions include using sunscreen, wearing protective attire, and some alternative ways to reduce sun exposure so you can spend time outdoors.
One of the best things you can do is a cover-up. Hats and clothing made of dark, woven materials absorb ultraviolet light better than cotton fabrics in lighter shades. Dry fabrics offer more protection than wet ones. Never ever leave the house without proper clothing.
About 80 percent of the average person’s lifetime sun exposure is incidental-which means it occurs during daily activities. If you’re planning on being out in the sun for longer than 15 minutes, use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Be sure to spread it on thick enough.