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  • Dr. Brandy Ross

It's Summer, protect yourself!

Kids on a beach with clothes and hats to protect themselves from the sun.

Protecting yourself from the sun naturally involves adopting practices and using products that help shield your skin from harmful UV radiation. Here are some tips:

  1. Seek shade: Whenever possible, stay in the shade, especially during peak sunlight hours (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).

  2. Wear protective clothing: Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your arms and legs. Look for garments made from tightly woven fabrics for better sun protection.

  3. Wear a wide-brimmed hat: Protect your face, neck, and ears by wearing a hat with a broad brim that provides shade.

  4. Use natural sunscreen: Choose a mineral-based sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients. These ingredients create a physical barrier on your skin and reflect the sun's rays. Make sure it offers broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.

  5. Apply sunscreen correctly: Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and ears. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if you sweat or swim.

  6. Wear UV-protective sunglasses: Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunglasses labeled with 100% UV protection.

  7. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and maintain healthy skin.

  8. Eat a sun-protective diet: Include foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, and green tea. These can help protect your skin from sun damage.

  9. Use natural remedies: Some natural ingredients, such as aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and shea butter, may offer mild sun protection and help soothe sunburned skin. However, they should not be relied upon as the sole method of sun protection.

  10. Be mindful of reflection: Remember that sand, water, snow, and other reflective surfaces can increase sun exposure, so take extra precautions in these environments.

While natural methods can provide some level of sun protection, it's important to note that they may not be as effective as using sunscreen. It's recommended to combine multiple strategies for optimal sun protection and consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

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