By: Brittany Powell
Everyone wants their skin to have that just kissed by summer look. People want to get dark, tan, but not burn. More importantly, people want to be safe. Skin cancer is a very real concern that can actually be a risk any time of year, but there are many things that can be done to keep your skin safe, healthy, and beautiful.
First, understand what is going on when you are in the sun. There are three general types of rays.
• There is the light we see, visible light/rays.
• There is light felt as heat, infrared light/rays.
• There is invisible radiation, ultraviolet radiation.
UV light is the most damaging, but prevention is reasonably simple.
• Help your body from the inside out.
• Drink more water. Add an addition 8 ounces for every hour spent in the sun.
• Eat healthily. Furthermore, eat foods with a high water content. Summer fruits and veggies are all around, so take advantage.
• Plan ahead.
• Bring or wear a hat or other covering. A light scarf is trendy, and you can always use a large umbrella at the beach.
• Use the sunscreen that is right for you. Research and compare. Understand the meaning of SPF, the purpose of ingredients, and consider more than the fragrance. Some make even has sunscreen components these days, so there is really no excuse not to be covered.
• Limit your time in the sun and choose that time wisely. The sun's rays are at their most direct between 10 am and 4 pm. Even a brief time outside can be damaging.
• Check the weather and be mindful of heat advisories.
There is nothing like fun in the sun, but cancer and other dangers are not worth the risk. Our skin is our largest organ and deserves to be protected.