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How to Protect Your Face From the Sun

By Brandi Goodman 

The sun starts to shine regularly during the spring. With Facial Protection Month also under way, it's important to learn some tips for how best to protect yourself. The sun may feel great when you're enjoying time outside, but it can have some detrimental effects on your skin if you aren't careful.

Wear Sunscreen

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to wear sunscreen. Make sure you're applying it to your face and not just your arms and legs. Sunscreen should go on any exposed skin so the sun's harmful rays cannot penetrate as deeply as they would without it. 

One application isn't enough, either. If you'll be outside for more than two hours, you should apply again. You should also reapply if you find yourself particularly sweaty, or if you'll be getting wet in water. You want the effects for the full time you're outdoors, not just part of it.

Choose Makeup With Sunscreen Capabilities

Those who wear makeup may not think they need sunscreen. That's not the case. You should be choosing makeup with sunscreen capabilities that can help to block the harmful rays of the sun. Without it, you're just as susceptible to skin damage. Makeup with moisturizing effects and UV protection is best.

Wear Sunglasses

Your eyes need protection as well. Wearing sunglasses anytime you're outside can be a huge help. Don't just buy a cheap pair from the dollar store, though. You should find a quality pair with UV protection that will really help to filter out those harmful effects. 

Wear a Sun Hat

A large sun hat is ideal when you're outside because the brim of it hangs far over your face. It will help to block out the sun from your eyes and keep you shaded. A baseball cap will suffice if it's all you have, and sun visors work also. Straw hats should not be on the list. The light color and holes offer far less protection than needed.

Seek Shade on Hot Days

If it's a particularly hot day and the sun is really beating down on you, it's important to seek shade. Your protection methods can only go so far. Keeping yourself out of the sun's path is the best option for ensuring your face does not suffer. If you don't have to be outside, then don't. Staying indoors during the harshest hours -- typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. -- will help keep you safe.

A day of sunshine can be enjoyable, but it can also turn deadly. Don't let the cancer-causing rays of the sun penetrate your skin with no protection. Always do what you can to protect your face from the sun and enjoy your outdoor time safely. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anderson, S.C.

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