Natural Ways to Limit Sun Exposure

While some sun is good for us, it is good to limit exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. Aside from avoiding sunscreens that have chemicals in them, there are plenty of ways to limit your sun exposure. Here are some ideas.

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Use Natural Sunscreen

A good natural sunscreen reduces the risk of sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer.

Look for mineral-based sunscreens with non-nano zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Avoid any with synthetic chemicals or fragrances.

The Environmental Working Guide to sunscreen is a wonderful resource for finding the safest products.

UV Clothing & Swimwear (Including Rash Guards)

There are many types of clothing that protect against the rays of the sun. Even regular clothing helps to block the sun.

Rash guards are a great way to protect yourself against the sun. I often had my kids wear rash guards at the pool or beach, for several reasons: sunscreens often have chemicals, sunscreen washes off fairly quickly, sunscreen is not great for the oceans, and it is hard to get perfect coverage when you apply it. By wearing a rash guard, you know that you are getting 100% protection, and for us this included up to the neck and the full length of the arms.

This is my daughter swimming at Xcaret Park, Mexico.

Hats and Sunglasses

In addition to clothing that protects your skin, hats and sunglasses are a good way to protect your face and eyes from the rays of the sun.

Tents, Pergolas, and Other Structures

Seek shade using a variety of aids. This could be a beach tent, pergola at home, or sun umbrella.

Track the UV Forecast and Weather

Look up the UV levels on your phone to keep track of the UV levels, so you can plan accordingly.

Work around the weather and shade to enjoy the outdoors while being safe in the sun. For example, evenings may be low UV and a great time to enjoy a walk, the beach, etc.

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