Those of us who love the outdoors like to spend a lot of time outside in the sun. Does that mean we are doomed to premature aging and a higher risk for skin cancer? NO!
What to Wear to Protect Yourself from the Sun
Hiking Lady’s Tips:
- Wear sunscreen, and reapply frequently. The FDA updated their sunscreen standards, and starting in the summer of 2012, it will be much easier for consumers to figure out how well different sunscreens will protect us from UVA and UVB rays. Next week check out the soon to be published Hiking Lady article: Shedding Light on Sunscreen. Make sure that the sunscreen you choose protects you from UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause wrinkles and skin cancer, UVB causes sunburns.
- Wear a Broad Brimmed Hat. There are several on the market that have UPF ratings (which means the weave is tighter and will protect your skin from the sun). Some personal favorites are the Dorfman Pacific Solarweave Hat and the OR Seattle Sombrero.
- Wear Long Pants. Yes, I know shorts and capris can be more comfortable on hot summer days, but wearing pants that are lightweight and UPF rated help protect us from the sun! Here’s a list of suggested UPF rated pants.
- Wear a long sleeve top. ExOfficio makes apparel that is focused on sun protection, and their new Sol Cool collection has a UPF 50 rating! It is great for hiking, water sports, and everyday wear.
How do you protect yourself from the sun?