Sun Safety!

It's encouraged to spend time soaking up some good old vitamin D, but take precautions before heading outside.  Aging skin loses elasticity making it  more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays.  People think there's no danger as long as they avoid sunburn, but according to the American Cancer Society, they are still at risk for skin cancer.  Did you know that even on a cloudy day 80% of UV rays can still pass through?  Pull up a poolside chair with these tips for staying safe this summer.

Sunscreen is a necessity.  There are many different brands out there including natural, paraben free options.  Choose one with a minimum of SPF30 and apply it frequently throughout the day.  We don't  think much about it when running an errand or getting the mail, but sun exposure adds up.  Reapplication is crucial when swimming or perspiring.

Scarlett O'Hara didn't wear a big hat just to look fashionable. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a hat with a brim wide enough to protect the face, ears and neck.  Plus who doesn't love an excuse to shop for a fun summer hat?

Avoid peak sun hours between 10 a.m and 4 p.m.  If you have to be outdoors, try and stay in the shade, or underneath an umbrella or awning.  During the extreme heat of summer it's usually best to stay indoors to avoid heatstroke.

Stay hydrated!  Don't wait until you feel thirsty to drink water as this usually means you're already dehydrated.  This is especially true when it's hot out because water lost during perspiration must be replenished.  Adding lemon, mint or frozen berries to plain water can make it more palatable for those who find drinking enough water difficult.

Adriane Rosenberg