If you’re planning a Spring Break getaway to help break up the monotony of cold winter weather, you won’t want to leave home without a few sun safety items and tips. Even if you’re headed to a snowy ski resort, the sun’s UV rays can lead to signs of premature aging and skin cancer.
Here are three important sun protection tips to keep in mind for a fun and safe spring break.
Watch White, Shiny Surfaces
White, shiny surfaces can reflect UV light and make their effects even more damaging to your skin. This includes electronics such as your cell phone screen, tablet and laptop, as well as white sand or snow.
If you have to use your cell phone outside, make sure you wear sunglasses, sunscreen, SPF lip balm and proper sun protective clothing to help reduce your risk of skin damage.
Don’t Let the Clouds Fool You
UV light is able to penetrate clouds, so even if you can’t see the sun, that doesn’t mean that its rays aren’t damaging your skin.
Take a Break
The point of using sunscreen when you go outside isn’t so that you can sunbathe all day long. Instead, use it to protect your skin while you hit the waves, golf or enjoy other outdoor activities, but then make sure you give your skin a break from the sun.
Even better still, limit your time outdoors during peak hours from about 10am to 4pm, when UV rays are at their strongest, to help reduce your risk of skin cancer and other adverse effects even more.