We all know that the sun can be very damaging, but that doesn’t mean we always use good common sense when it’s time to play/exercise in the rays. If you want to have your fun while avoiding the hazards, it’s time to put good common skin sense into action.

When you take steps to avoid the sun’s damage, you can soak up the fun while avoiding the potential complications. The hazards include burning, higher risk of skin cancer, premature wrinkling and more.

So, what do you need to do to be skin smart and sun happy? Here are a few tips that can help you block out those dangerous UV rays:

  • Pick your playtime/workouts wisely – It’s best to avoid direct sun exposure during the hottest times of the day. That means trying to stay out of the sun between about 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. If it’s at all possible, schedule your outings around this time.
  • Wear sun block all the time – Be sure to wear sun block – even under your clothes – any time you’ll be out in the sun. Even a few hours outdoors on overcast days can result in too much exposure and burns. It’s best to choose a sunblock that’s meant for water exposure when swimming is on the agenda. A SPF of 15 or higher is recommended, but keep in mind that a higher number can provide greater protection. Be sure to select the highest number possible if you’re purchasing sun block for children.
  • Keep up with sunblock applications – Sunblock should be applied at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. It should also be re-applied every two hours. This is especially so when you’re doing heavy activity such as exercising or swimming.
  • Dress for success – Clothing can provide a great deal of protection. Consider wide-brimmed hats and clothes that provide as much coverage as is comfortable when you’ll be out for extended periods of time. Don’t forget, however, that clothing isn’t always enough. It’s still important to put a sunblock on under clothing to avoid potential complications of exposure.

There’s nothing wrong with going out in the sun and having a good time. In fact, the body needs the sun’s Vitamin D to stay healthy. Just be smart about your exposure and be sure to use good common skin sense.

If you want to make sure more than your skin stays in good shape, be sure to work exercise and healthful eating into your routine, too. Not sure where to begin on exercise?  Consult the experts at your local gym or work directly with a personal trainer for solid advice to match your personal situation.