While it is officially the rainy season, many of us have just started going on vacations due to the recent easing of quarantine restrictions. People are now visiting outdoor areas such as beaches and private resorts to spend that much-needed break from work or school.
Of course, health protocols and social distancing measures must still be observed while going on a trip. But aside from these, we should also take extra care of our skin— especially when we’re exposing it to the sun for long hours. (Read: 3 Things to Do After Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine)
So before you plan your outdoor activities and enjoy the sunshine, My Pope Philippines lists the things you need to note about sun safety and protecting your skin:
Tip #1: Use Sunscreen
Apply at least one ounce of sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before heading outside. Yes, even if it’s cloudy! Choose a sunscreen that protects against ultraviolet radiation and that has SPF30 or higher.
Tip #2: Avoid Peak Sun Hours
The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so you may not want to schedule your outdoor activities between those hours. (Read: 7 Things to Do to Achieve 7 Types of Rest)
Tip #3: Wear Protective Clothing
A hat with a wide brim provides good sun protection for your eyes, ears, face, and the back of your neck. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risks of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. Meanwhile, tightly woven and loose-fitting clothes offer additional protection from the sun, too.
Tip #4: Eat Watermelons
While we all know that watermelons keep us hydrated during the hot season, the tropical fruit also contains lycopene and beta carotene that may help shield skin from sunburn which is common during summers.
Tip #5: Seek Shade
Seek shade from trees, umbrellas, or waiting sheds if you cannot avoid being under the sun during peak hours to avoid the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. (Read: 4 Places to Escape Near Metro Manila to Save Your Mental Health)
Tip #6: Use Aloe Vera Gel
If you get a bad sunburn, use aloe vera gel or cold compress to minimize the swelling and pain while it heals. (Read: 3 Scenic Tagaytay Cafés You Should Visit Post-Pandemic)
Tip #7: Sip on Green Tea
Green tea contains antioxidants that may help collagen renew and rejuvenate the skin. Collagen is our body’s most abundant protein and it gives skin its integrity and firmness. Shake up some cooled green tea with some ice!
Tip #8: Stay Hydrated!
There are more options for you than just drinking plain water to stay hydrated, you may also want to try eating water-rich fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, peaches, cucumbers, zucchini, celery, and tomato, or drink coconut water.