With weather warming up and the sun starting to make an appearance. More and more people are spending time in the sun. Where the sun is a great way to get a dose a vitamin D, you still need to remember to protect yourself from its rays. Just like a little bit of sun is good for you a lot can be bad and cause damage to your body. If you expose your skin to excessive amounts of ultraviolet (UV) rays you may be at greater risk for skin cancer.

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The sun is the main source of UV rays, however, there is no need to avoid the sun completely in order to protect yourself. Let’s have a look at 4 ways you can help limit your exposure to UV rays: 

Utilize The Shade

You should try to seek shaded areas as often as possible between 10 am and 4 pm, this is when the sun is at it’s strongest. Although it’s nice to sit in the sunshine, you need to make an effort to find some shade during these times. Whether it’s taking a break to enjoy a picnic in the shade or sit and relax until it’s safer to be in the sun, it will all help to protect you. 

Wear Sunglasses

Although you may want to avoid those dreaded panda eyes, it’s best if you wear sunglasses as much as possible when you are out in the sun. Ideally, the sunglasses that you choose should 99 – 100% of UVA and UVB rays. This information should be viewable online in the product information or on the label. If you usually wear prescription glasses you may want to choose a pair of prescription sunglasses, there are thousands of options available, so your eyesight won’t suffer for the sake of protection.


You should make sure you are always wearing sunscreen when out in the sun. The factor will depend on your skin type and how you cope in the sun, but the overall idea is to prevent yourself from burning. Ideally, you shouldn’t be wearing anything that is lower than SPF30. Apply the sunscreen at least 20 minutes prior to going in the sun and reapply it every 1-2 hours if you are exposed to sweat or water. If your not then 3-4 hours is sufficient for regular daily use. Make sure to read and follow the instructions and be mindful of allergic reactions.

Find A Good Hat

A hat is another great way to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Wearing a hat with a 2-3-inch brim is best for protecting areas often exposed to intense sun. These areas include your forehead, ear, and nose. 

As well as following the above tips, it’s essential that you examine your body on a monthly basis. If you detect skin cancer early, they can almost always be cured. You should be looking out for any changes in moles and spots on your skin. If they change shape, size, or color during a month or across 1 to 2 years, make sure you contact your doctor.