Considering a sun-drenched vacation?
Some places on the earth experience stronger ultraviolet radiation. If you are traveling near the equator or at high altitudes, your risk of sunburn increases significantly. It is always best to try to avoid excessive sun exposure between the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - this is when UV rays are the strongest. Apply a sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. Look for products that provide broad spectrum coverage because these will guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you are active in the water or perspiring a lot. Whenever possible, stay in the shade and wear long-sleeved shirts, a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses. Always be conscious of keeping yourself adequately hydrated with water. Practicing your sun smarts at any age is a good idea. Over time, the accumulation of sun exposure can result in wrinkles, age spots, discolorations and an increased risk of skin cancer. If you are considering adding sun protection into your daily skin care routine, try finding a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15.