Here’s how to enjoy summer without damaging your skin
Here are 5 easy-to-follow tips to avoid getting sunburned.Updated: Apr 17, 2017 14:17 IST
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.
*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.
*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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