Summer Sun: Protecting Yourself All Around

Just about everyone loves a good day at the beach; however, no one enjoys the results of sunburn. While sunburn is serious in and of itself, skin cancer resulting from lack of care in the sun could be deadly. That is why it is so very important to make certain that you and your loved ones are protected. Protecting your face is only part of the regimen. Summer sun protection for your body and even your eyes is essential.

There are many ways to protect yourself all around:

Protecting Your Face from the Sun

Using an SPF of 15 or higher is the best protection for the skin on your face. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, which is an indication of how well a product will work to protect your skin from the sun. The higher the Skin Protection Factor, the more protection you get.

It is also important not to use tanning oils on your facial skin. Tanning oils will draw the sun to your face and not protect it. Also tanning oils will more than likely cause acne breakouts. There are many cosmetic lines that provide moisturizer along with sun protection that range from moderate in price to more expensive. Look into these products and see if you can obtain samples in order to discern which ones are best for you.

Protecting the Rest of Your Body from the Sun

While it may be appealing to wear a bikini (if you are lucky enough to be able to!), the more skin you cover up from the sun, the better off you are. Skin cancer is found on many areas of the body, not just the face. Covering up more of your skin and protecting it from the dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun just makes common sense.

Wearing a skimpy bathing suit may make you feel sexier, but the end result could be serious. Covering up is just one way to deter the serious damage of the sun. Taking breaks is also another great way to avoid sunburn or skin cancer.

Taking a little time to sun is okay if you are well protected with sunscreen with a high value SPF and covering up. However, taking breaks under an umbrella is just as important.

Other Tips for Keeping Safe in the Sun

* Do not forget to protect your eyes - sunglasses are imperative.

* Do not be shy to try on a hat, you never know - you just may like how it looks.

* Wear waterproof sunscreen for swimming ñ the sun is attracted to the water and you can burn very easily without realizing it as you romp in the waves or in the pool.

With a little common sense, you can have fun in the sun while protecting yourself at the same time.