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Staying Healthy With Safe Sunshine Tips

By Genevieve Cunningham

Though the sun can be dangerous, it's also an important part of a healthy living plan. We need the sun -- the warmth and the light. But while we need the natural sun, we also have to be safe around it. It can be damaging if we're not careful. It can bring about premature aging of the skin, sunburns, and even skin cancer. And in the south, the sun is especially prevalent -- no matter the time of year. So how do we protect ourselves? If you want to experience the sunshine in a safe and healthy way, take a look at these tips to help you out.

Never Go Without Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine. It's a crucial -- and really easy -- step in protecting your skin. A lot of people remember sunscreen on extremely sunny days, but forget on overcast days or on other typical weather days. But the sun's rays can reach you no matter the weather. Just make it a habit, and you won't have to worry whether your skin is protected from the sun every day.

Always Bring Layers

Layers are good. If you always have layers with you, you'll be able to protect your skin no matter the weather. Layers that can help protect the sun include sunglasses, a hat, a shawl, an umbrella, and gloves. You don't have to wear all of them all the time, but you'll be prepared if you catch yourself out in the sun without warning. 

Watch and Listen to Your Skin

Your body will always let you know when you're doing too much. If you've been in the sun too long, your skin will let you know. You just have to pay attention. You may start to feel the tingle of a burn on your skin, or you may just start to feel dry and thirsty. Learning your body's cues and actually listening can save your skin and keep you protected all year long.

The sun can be your friend. It's a great source for the important Vitamin D, and it helps keep our moods boosted. It makes us feel good! But you'll still want to keep yourself protected from the potential harm that the sun can bring. Use these tips to get some sunshine in a safe way, and enjoy all the benefits for years to come.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lafayette, La.

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