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Here’s how to enjoy summer without damaging your skin

Here are 5 easy-to-follow tips to avoid getting sunburned.

health-and-fitness Updated: Apr 17, 2017 14:17 IST
ANI
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Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved cotton or linen shirt and pants.
Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved cotton or linen shirt and pants.(Shutterstock)
         

Sun exposure is unavoidable in summer, which could lead to sunburns and tanning if you have a sensitive skin. Dermatologist Dr Alia Rizvi says sunburns are preventable if we keep the following in mind:

*Watch the clock: The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am to 4 pm. If you can’t stay indoors during this period, then try walking in direct sunlight when you are outside.

*Wear the right clothes: Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved cotton or linen shirt and pants.

Your sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
Your sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. ( Shutterstock )

*Use sunscreen: Cover any exposed areas of skin liberally with at least one ounce of broad-spectrum sunscreen. That means sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Follow these tips for applying sunscreen:

– Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go outside.

– Use sunscreen even on overcast days because UV rays can penetrate clouds.

* In case of a sunburn, take frequent showers to help relieve the pain. As soon as you get out of the bathtub or shower, gently pat yourself dry, but leave a little water on your skin. Then, apply a moisturizer to help trap the water in your skin. This can help ease the dryness.

Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.
Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration. ( Shutterstock )

*Drink extra water: Sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.

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First Published: Apr 17, 2017 14:15 IST

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