sun protection http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12415/all en-US 7 Summery Ways to Protect Your Skin http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/summer-5258923-small.jpg" alt="sunblock" title="sunblock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm not going to lie &mdash; I love tan skin. Naturally &quot;blessed&quot; with a speckled Scottish complexion, I've always been jealous of people whose skin browns beautifully in the sun, rather than simply burning to a crisp like mine. Darker skin is slimming, darn it, and I just love the way it looks. That said, I'm absolutely against tanning, even though I love the way tanned skin looks. <a href="http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/slideshow-sun-damaged-skin">Tanned skin is damaged skin.</a> We're not talking about sunburns or naturally darker skin, but tans acquired through exposure to UVA and UVB rays.</p> <p>When skin is <a href="http://www.skincancer.org/the-dangers-of-tanning.html">exposed to UV rays</a>, it reacts by producing melanin. Melanin is the same pigment that gives people all over the world varying shades of skin tone. Some people naturally produce a great deal more melanin, which results in darker skin. The presence of additional melanin isn't injurious; it simply indicates that your skin has been damaged and is trying to protect itself against further damage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-skin-care-tips-for-people-on-a-budget">5 Best Skin Car Tips for People on a Budget</a>)</p> <p>Those of us who bask in the sun or pay good money to lie in a tanning booth are doing real and permanent harm to our epidermis.</p> <p>Now, you may be thinking that you don't see any evidence of damage to your skin, so people should call the heck down. Plus, the allure of tanned skin is so obvious &mdash; it speaks of idle time spent outside. I don't mean to suggest that you shouldn't spend time out of doors, because of course you should. You need SOME sun, for Pete's sake, to get that vitamin D that we are all chronically low on. However, to avoid skin cancer, painful burns, and premature wrinkles, it makes sense to take precautions when exposed to the sun. Here are some ways to keep the bad UVs at bay while still enjoying the great outdoors.</p> <h2>1. Use Sunscreens and/or Sunblock</h2> <p>You've probably heard by now that buying SPF 100+ sunscreen is a bit of a scam &mdash; the highest possible protection that sunscreen can offer is SPF 50, so don't spend money on any sunscreen that claims otherwise. Also, please pay attention to the type of sunscreen you are purchasing. The type is determined by the active ingredients &mdash; the <a href="http://www.skinacea.com/sunscreen/choose-right-sunscreen.html">chemicals and compounds</a> that protect you from the sun's UV rays. Here are Consumer Search ratings of the <a href="http://www.consumersearch.com/sunscreen">most popular sunscreens</a>. If you go use a lot of sunblock, check out Carrie's article on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">most cost-effective sunblock</a> on the market.</p> <p>The last thing to note about sunscreen is that you need to use it even when it's not sunny &mdash; you can still get a sunburn on a cloudy day, and anyone who has ever been skiing in Utah probably recalls the first massive winter sunburn to the face. Sunscreen for daily use is an absolute must &mdash; sunblock for days when you are spending time doing outdoor sports or hanging out at the beach is the best move you can make.</p> <h2>2. Wear Long, Light Clothing</h2> <p>From linen slacks to tunics to maxi dresses, today's fashion has something for everyone who wants to keep their dermis protected. Look for <a href="http://getcurrency.com/life-style/7-perfect-pieces-to-keep-you-protected-from-the-sun">summer clothing</a> made of cotton or cotton blends, and keep it loose and light in color. My husband also swears by the breathability of silk, although it's not a fabric I prefer.</p> <p>Sometimes, wearing less clothing is simply a must, such as while swimming. Be certain to continually re-apply sunblock every couple of hours, and stay under a palapa or cabana when not splashing in the surf. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;page=1&amp;rh=n%3A1046626&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Beach cover-ups</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W8C86U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004W8C86U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">sarongs</a> are good ways to cover your tush while remaining cool.</p> <h2>3. Add Some Accessories</h2> <p>Hats and sunglasses are pretty common summer wear, and the great thing about giant sunglasses and huge floppy hats is that they allow you to protect your skin while looking like a petulant movie star who doesn't want the paparazzi to get in the way.</p> <p>A light cotton scarf is another good way to keep bare shoulders covered when in the sun. A cotton or linen pashmina provides light sun protection while allowing you enough movement to maximize air flow.</p> <p>Hats and sunglasses are also a must-have for kids (see below), so don't forget to outfit your offspring with protective accessories.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beach-814531-small.jpg" width="605" height="403" alt="" /></p> <h2>4. Use a Parasol or Umbrella</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0021D6CI8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0021D6CI8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Parasols</a> aren't just for tropical drinks anymore. While it may strike you as quaint and old-fashioned, the umbrella is a wonderful way to keep the sun off of your skin. And hey, if popular culture can tolerate the return of kettlebell exercises and <a href="http://die-hipster-die.blogspot.com/2010/01/hipster-mustache-brigade.html">overwrought mustaches</a>, we can certainly appropriate the parasol from the Victorian era. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QY1HN0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004QY1HN0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Paper parasols offer sun protection</a> and style for cheap.</p> <h2>5. Keep Kiddos Covered</h2> <p>Start your kids off with a lifelong habit of sun protection &mdash; in addition to smearing those little rugrats with sunblock, be sure to provide your stroller-bound bambinos with shade. Many strollers already come equipped with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007U4V2OC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007U4V2OC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">collapsible stroller covers</a>, but if your stroller doesn't have one, do some online shopping and find one that will fit your stroller model.</p> <p>Whether you're at the zoo, park, beach, or just out and about, keep kids' heads covered with a hat or cap that has a decent-sized brim. Hats not only make it easy to identify your kids at a glance, but they protect little scalps, faces, and necks from seriously painful sunburns.</p> <h2>6. Stay in the Shade</h2> <p>Shaded outdoor areas aren't just a good idea for sun protection &mdash; they're an all-around practical place to entertain family, neighbors, and friends. If your yard lacks good shade trees or your patio is completely exposed to the sun, consider purchasing a cabana or camping canopy to provide cover and comfort when spending spending the day out of doors.</p> <p>In my family, the outdoor gathering area was underneath a grape arbor, where vines that grew up and over the structure that my father built gave us shade from the sun and protection from summer storms.</p> <p>Whether the shade you use is naturally provided or shipped to you via FedEx, staying out of the sun's direct rays is both smart and comfortable.</p> <h2>7. Exercise in the Dark</h2> <p>Getting up before the sun to run through the streets can be difficult, but exercising outside of daylight hours is smart &mdash; not only do you reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays, but you're getting your workout during cooler hours, meaning that you're less likely to suffer from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Nighttime exercise is fun &mdash; you just have to take some precautions when running or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/night-biking-get-set-up-to-ride-the-night-away">biking after dark</a>. Make sure to use reflective clothing or vests, for instance, have a good headlamp and distress whistle, and carry a cell phone with you for emergencies. Exercising with a partner is always smart, no matter what time of day.</p> <p>If you live near a wooded area, you can take advantage of natural leaf canopies to exercise in a cooler location, especially if exercising before or after daylight isn't an option for you. Be certain to wear sweat-resistant sunscreen if you do exercise during daylight hours.</p> <p>If all else fails, or you live too far north to take advantage of non-daylight hours, there is no shame in going to the gym. I know that we here at Wise Bread tend to applaud people who save money by not going to the gym, but I have a gym membership, and even though I use it year-round, it's particularly wonderful for those times of the year when exercising outside simply isn't a reasonable option.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your skin protected from the sun during the warmer months? Tell us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-summery-ways-to-protect-your-skin">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Consequently, many of us are extra vigilant about using sunscreen to help protect our skin from the sun's harmful rays, which can do damage to both our skin and our immune systems by causing photo-oxidation of our cells.</p> <p>However, using sunscreen can be a hassle and a mess, not to mention the recent concerns over some of the ingredients that are used in certain sun blocks. Needless to say, it can be enough to discourage people from taking the proper precautions.</p> <p>Now, however, scientists believe that protecting our skin from the sun <a href="http://www.physorg.com/news201179430.html">may be influenced by the foods we eat</a>. In a paper published in <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009.00264.x/abstract">Nutrition Reviews</a>, researchers believe that the foods that are contained in the Mediterranean diet may have a protective affect on the skin. The diet would include foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Melanoma rates are in fact very low in the Mediterranean regions.</p> <p>Nutrition experts believe that foods like olive oil, fish, yogurt, and fresh fruits and vegetables, especially colorful ones, might be a good way to complement other important methods of sun protection, including the use of sunscreen and wearing properly protective clothing.</p> <p>Consumption of these antioxidants might better prepare our cells from the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. To study this possibility, researchers recruited volunteers and divided them into two groups. One group was given a drink that was high in antioxidants while the other group simply consumed regular beverages such as soda pop or juice.</p> <p>Over a two-week period, the group that drank the antioxidant beverage had fewer oxidation products in their blood than the control group, even in lieu of 5 to 6 hours of daily sun exposure. Further analysis indicated that carotenoids, which are pigments in the skin of fruits and vegetables, actually accumulate in the skin and may thereby serve as a first line of defense against UV rays. In fact, these compounds are linked to the delay of skin erythema, which is an indicator of tissue and DNA damage that can be a precursor to skin cancer.</p> <p>The findings may be particularly relevant due to the climate changes that we are currently experiencing. With the rising temperatures and the increased exposure to the sun's harmful rays, sunscreen alone may not suffice, especially when you consider people's busy schedules and the inconvenience of applying them. With this in mind, dietary changes would be a more plausible way to help protect oneself.</p> <p>The authors also indicate that dietary supplements are not as effective because the benefits of a nutritious diet involve a complex interaction between foods. 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