The Sunshine State is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. The beautiful beaches and stunning surrounds are great for vacations or for those lucky enough to live here and bask in year-round. Unfortunately, though, the beautiful sunshine comes with a hefty price. Without protecting your skin, you heighten your risk for skin cancer and you damage skin with harmful UVA and UVB rays that age you while you’re still in your prime.
Taking care of your skin in the Florida sun is one of the best things you can do to always look your best and stay healthy. Here are our best tips for protecting yourself.
1. Watch the time
Time matters when you’re going outdoors in Florida. The most hazardous UV rays are between 10am and 3pm. Knowing this, if you’re outdoors during these times, try to be near a shady place to take breaks from the sun, wear proper clothing (see below) and use SPF lotions. The length of time you’re in the sun matters too. Damage can occur in just 15 minutes of sun exposure.
2. Dress the part
It’s hot out there, but the best protection is to wear dark clothing that fits loose yet is tightly woven and covers your limbs. That doesn’t sound much like beach attire, but it will protect you post-procedure. If that sounds unpleasant though, head to an outdoor or sporting goods store and look for UV protection clothing which has been treated with UV absorbent to help keep you protected.
3. Slather on sunscreen
Sunscreen is a must when heading out anywhere in Florida at any time of year. You should use a minimum of SPF15 and make sure it contains broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection. On your face, pre-makeup, be sure to apply a lotion that contains SPF in it. Don’t just rely on the SPF contained in your foundation.
4. Reapply as needed
It’s not just about applying sunscreen and leaving it at that. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before you go outdoors. Be generous with it on all exposed body parts. If you will be active and sweating or going in water, use a waterproof formula. And waterproof or not, you need to reapply your sunscreen every 80 minutes.
5. Hats and sunglasses are a must
You’ll look like an ultra-chic celebrity and who doesn’t want that? Your hat should be wide-brimmed and dark. Avoid straw hats though as the UV rays can get through the little holes. Sunglasses should be large and wrap around to fully protect your skin.
If you truly want a tan, opt for using safe sunless tanning products. They require no sun exposure and the ones made today are formulated with safe ingredients that don’t stink. By following these Florida sun tips, you’ll stay more youthful and healthy no matter how active you are in Florida.