Wednesday 20 May 2009

The Sun Protection Survival Guide

Not surprisingly, sun protection is something all Americans are
paying close attention to these days. Sky rocketing skin cancer
rates, and rising UV Index averages are just two reasons
protecting your skin from the sun can no longer be neglected.
Fact: The sun is much stronger than it was just 15 years ago.

Fact: Skin cancer is on the rise, especially amongst men and
women under 35 years old. This article is intended to provide
simple, easy, effective lifestyle changing tips to protect you
and your family from the sun. Our motto: Make it a habit!

Dermatologists are recommending that sun block be applied every
day, whenever outdoors. Research shows you don't have to get
repeated bad sunburns to get skin cancer. Prolonged sun exposure
over time can lead to skin cancer without ever having bad
sunburns. Sun Survival tip # 1 - Make it a daily habit and apply
sunscreen each morning before you and your kids leave the house.
Don't forget the commonly neglected hands, ears, back of the
neck, and shoulders. These parts of your body get the most sun
exposure but are too often forgotten.

Sun Survival tip #2 - Invest in sun protection clothing. Did
you know a t-shirt only has an SPF of 5? That is only blocking
about 10% of the sun's damaging UV rays. A rashguard is an
athletic fitting shirt made from lycra and nylon. Used
originally by surfers and divers under their wetsuits, rash
guard shirts from online stores like offer SPF
150+ total sun protection.

These surf shirts are extremely popular with outdoor
enthusiasts due to the stylish, durable construction, and UV
protection demanded by today's active people. Rashguards are
excellent for snorkeling, boating, rash guards for working out,
the list goes on and on. And "Hey parents," affordable rash
guards do not wash off like sun block making them an effective
and economical choice for sun protection. Kid's rashguards, rash
guards for toddlers, and even baby swim shirts are available for
your family members. Make it a habit to wear sun protective
shirts at the beach, pool, soccer game, or any outdoor activity.

Sun Survival tip #3 - Protect your eyes. The sun is just as
damaging to your eyes as your skin. Sunglasses should be worn at
all times when outdoors. Make sure they are dark enough to
reduce glare and have a UV rating. Children should wear
sunglasses too. Make it a habit, get you and your family wearing
sunglasses now!

Sun Survival tip #4 - Cover up the noggin. Yes, wear a hat.
Whether you're doing yard work, golfing, or surfing, we
recommend wearing a hat in the direct sunlight. Not only will
this help keep your face wrinkle-free (nobody likes pre-mature
aging), you will ensure the most vulnerable part of your body is
protected. I know a woman (we'll give her an alias "Susan") who
looks like a leather wallet. Her dinosaur-like skin is the
result of years of sun exposure without proper protection (the
years of chain smoking probably don't help either). The lesson
here, "Don't be a Susan!" Wear a hat and ensure the most
vulnerable part of your body is protected from the sun.

Okay, just like oral hygiene or weight loss, to be successful
sun protection needs to be a part of your daily routine. These
simple tips: apply sun block on a daily basis, buy a rash guard
swim shirt, wear sunglasses, and a hat. Make it your habit!

About The Author: Justin Laubscher is co-owner of The Beach
Depot, an excellent online store specializing in high quality
rashguards and
swim shirts. He recently launched My
Surf DVDS, another popular web store that carries a huge
selection of dvd surfing titles.

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