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Sun Safety Tips

January 6, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Sun Safety Tips

While the winter season is clearly upon us now, the spring and summer come rather quickly each year. With that said, there are some essential, important and easy to implement safety tips for people of all ages with regard to exposure to the sun. For example, one of the often-overlooked basics with regard to sunscreen is that it should be used as a sun protection strategy and not simply a reason to stay in the sun for an extended period of time.

Exposed Areas

Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going into a sun. This is simply due to the fact that most sunscreen products take time to actually work on the skin. When using sunscreen it is a good idea to work the product in to the skin well. Covering all exposed areas including the hands, feet, ears, nose and face can make this type of product far more effective. Protecting from what could easily become a dangerous sunburn situation is easier with the right sunscreen planning.

Zinc Oxide

Choosing the correct level of SPF when purchasing a sunscreen product is equally as important. In most instances, a SPF of around 15 is adequate for most people. Zinc oxide is another product that is frequently used to protect the skin from sun damage. This is a denser product than a typical sunscreen and is used to provide extra protection to areas of the body that can be more susceptible to burning. The product can be used on the ears, shoulders, cheeks and the nose. Finally, those venturing outdoors should always remember that the sun’s rays easily pass through clouds on an overcast day causing a potential sunburn danger.

Protecting The Skin

That is why it is essential to use some type of SPF production even on a cloudy day. Another effective way of avoiding the dangers of excessive sun exposure is to avoid going outdoors between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. This is the time of day when the sun is the strongest and when the sun can cause the most damage. As an added note, there are many products available today such as sun protective clothing that can work equally as well at protecting the skin when exposed to excessive sunlight. Contact Hastings and Hastings today, a Phoenix Arizona personal injury law firm if you have been injured through no fault of your own.