Avoid 4th Of July Sunburn With These 4 Sun Safety Tips

 

If you’re like a lot of people, you will be spending the upcoming 4th of July weekend out doors….. here are 4 Great Tips For Sun 4th of July Sunburn Sun Safety TipsSafety & avoiding Sunburn.  The time again comes when we need to brush up on protecting our bodies largest organ…our skin.  Making sure you are being protected from dangerous ultraviolet rays is something that can be easy and really pay off in the long run.

 

1.  Cover Your Skin With Sunscreen…..(Obvious)

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.  Be sure to apply sunscreen generously over all parts of your body that are exposed to the sun for sun safety and to prevent sunburn.  Don’t forget about the often missed areas such as your lips, the tips of your ears, and the back of your hands and neck.  Re-apply sunscreen at least every two hours if you are sweating or swimming.  Keep in mind that even “waterproof” sunscreen should be reapplied frequently.  You can also look for sun proof bathing suits, shirts and sports apparel.  Our recommended sun screen is Shaklee Enfuselle because its protected by 8 patents (many sunscreens have zero) & has a specific focus on anti aging.  It also protects against free radicals and actually delivers nutrients to make your skin healthier.  Read more here http://goo.gl/UajOI

 

2.  Avoid Sun Exposure Between 10am and 4pm

In North America, this time frame supplies the strongest and potentially most damaging sun rays and therefor sunburn.  The best choice for sun protection is to avoid being outside during these hours.  If you cannot avoid exposure, seek shade whenever possible as a secondary sun safety measure.  I find sun after 4pm is great to get a little color, yet not get the sunburn.

 

3. Evaluate Medications For Potential Sun-Sensitizing Side Effects (Or Work To Get Off Them Completely!)

Many people are not aware that many prescription drugs can cause sun sensitivity and therefore need to be talked about prior to exposure.  Better yet, work to get off them if possible….who really wants to worry about medications when they should be enjoying the 4th of July, sun and outdoors!

 

4.  Drink Lots Of Fluids! (I know, I know)

The greater your exposure to heat and sun, the higher the potential for fluid loss.  The best way to prevent fluid loss is to consume more liquids including water or water-based electrolyte-rich sports drinks.  According to the Institute of Medicine, men should consume approximately 13 cups of liquids per day, while women should aim for an intake of 9 cups.

 

Follow these 4th Of July Sun Safety Tips and you’ll be well on your way to having a great holiday week without the dreaded Sunburn to deal with the following days!  Happy 4th

 

 

Stacy Gross is a certified Zumba® Instructor with over 18 years of dance and performance experience. Through her positive, exciting and engaging atmosphere her classes can draw 600+ people.

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