Summertime is upon us. Typically during summer is when we think about sunscreen or sun protection. Fortunately, science has improved our protection, and there are several excellent products available to us.
Being a redhead, I know all about sunburns and not have adequate sun protection. I know, in fact, how quickly some of us can turn from white to pink to red in a matter of a few minutes. The pain and agony that follows are not worth it. However, we all tend to forget the lesson learned from our overexposed skin. Summer prevails, and it is time for us to consider our options.
I know a couple of landscape artists that insist on the old-fashioned clothing method of covering themselves head to toe with clothing. Their summer protection begins with a broad brim hat that overreaches their happy faces providing protection. Following down the body is a long sleeved collared light colored shirt complete with white round neck undershirt. From there are long blue jeans and, of course, their work boots. As these gentlemen’s livelihood is outside in the summer sun and heat, I understand their concern and smartness for proactive health care. They have shared with me that they have not had any age spots, sunburns, or skin cancer.
Modern Chemistry Method
For those that prefer the less clothed summer protection, there are current chemistry methods available. The June 2018 Better Homes and Gardens magazine provides us with contemporary options. In our daily lives, many of us spend numerous hours inside buildings and vehicles. Incidental sun exposure can have effects on our skin. Many lotions have mild SPF value and are readily available for use. These creams are less likely to have that beach or pool smell and tend not to be greasy.
Other options are lotions and sprays that are sunblocks. The first important point is to use higher than SPF 15, which is the old recommendation. The current recommend coverage is SPF 30. Second, overcast days can have UVA rays beaming their way through clouds. I’ve experienced several cloudy day sunburns; so yes, it is possible. It is a good idea always to have some sun protection. Many makeups now have SPF elements in the blend helping those that adorn themselves.
If you are like me, the feel of sunscreen is not pleasant. There are options, now, that overcome that sticky, greasy feeling. I suggest that you find small samples of various products and try them until you find the right product for you. What is right for one is not suitable for another. I know people that can lather on the lotion and then quickly get dressed. That, for me, is uncomfortable. Another trick is to have a container of your preferred sunblock stashed in multiple locations: each vehicle, lunch bag, shoulder bag, purse, backpack, and so forth. The trick here is for you not to have a reason for not using sun protection. Also, place the sunscreen in prominent places that you will see.
Regardless of the season, it is a good idea to develop a routine that includes sun protection. We have many options available, and it is easy to protect ourselves from harmful sun rays. You can wrap yourself head to toe and use sunblocks. If you are the type that wants that tan, you can still use sunscreen and even tan, although, slowly.