Going to the beach? Sun bathing on a roof-top deck? Visiting Guru at one of our outdoor weekend venues? Check out this informative website on how to protect yourself in the summer's blazing sun:
SunSafetyRules.com offers free sun smart articles and gathers safe sun tips and advice for you to enjoy summer safely.
Here are the top fifteen from their list of 101 excellent tips.
  1. Make daily sun protection a habit.
  2. Avoid the strongest sun rays of the day: rest in the shade from 11am to 4pm.
  3. Apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outside to allow time for the active ingredients in the sunscreen to reach the protection level so that a good layer of protection can form.
  4. Apply generously – as a guide for an adult use about one teaspoon for each arm and leg and half a teaspoon for the face, ears and neck.
  5. Reapply SPF every 2 hours or at the first sensation of tingling or burning, to compensate for loss due to towel drying, perspiration or swimming. Blowing your nose wipes spf off, too! So just reapply!
  6. When applying suntan lotion, avoid direct contact with the borders of your swimsuit: the oils can cause swimsuits elastics to break down.
  7. SPF makeup loses its ability to completely shield the skin in about 4 hours. So, just like for SPF sunscreen the rules is: reapply!
  8. Don't forget to apply SPF to areas such as the ears, under your nose, behind the knees, behind the back, and the tops of the feet.
  9. Apply a lip balm with at least SPF 15 on your lips. Girls can use a color gloss rather than clear, which will protect your lips even more.
  10. Learn the Shadow Rule - if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun is at its highest intensity. The American Academy of Dermatology has established the Shadow Rule: No Shadow-Seek Shade.
  11. Sweating make you lose a lot of body fluids. So drink plenty of water (at least eight glasses a day) to avoid heat-related illnesses.
  12. Be aware of the damages caused by the "invisible sun" on cloudy or outcast days: you might be unaware that you're developing a sunburn on cooler because the temperature or breeze keeps skin feeling cool on the surface.
  13. Wearing protective sunglasses will prevent you from having cataract when you grow old.
  14. Don't try to stretch out a bottle of sunscreen; as a guide, apply the sunscreen generously.
  15. Waterproof sunscreens may last up to 80 minutes in the water, and some are also sweat- and rub-proof. But, regardless of the waterproof label, be sure to reapply sunscreen when you come out of the water.
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