Improvise Sun Protection for Your Skin

Cynthia Bailey, MD|July 22, 2010

The concept of sun protecting skin isn’t new, and sunscreen isn’t the only way to sun protect.  Across the globe, and across history people have been taking measures to avoid excessive sun exposure. The classic example is the parasol and white gloves of western Victorian women.  Traditional Arab clothing for men still  includes a scarf like head covering and long sleeved one piece garment, both designed for breezy sun protection.  And remember, cowboys wore wide brim hats and long sleeved shirts, and today's agricultural field workers wear similar hats and shirts.

Improvise! Use what you have and what’s functional for your activities.

A sun umbrella, wide brim hats, breezy long sleeved shirts, long dresses, pants, shawls - they all work.

Wear swim pants and shirts over your bathing suit - they're not hot when you're in the water.

Sit under a beach umbrella, in the shade of a tree or patio awning - it helps.

You’ll be cooler and more comfortable.  Hot sun beating down on exposed skin it HOT! Cover up, create shade, minimize direct sun exposure and sunscreen what's little is left uncovered by clothing.

Every little bit of sun you keep off your skin means fewer wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancers-all good reasons to improvise.


More from Dr. Bailey on sun protection:

5 Steps For Smart Sun Protection

Are Your Summer Clothes Good Enough To Be Sun Protective Clothing?

How To Pick The Best Sunscreen

6 Tricks For Sun Protecting Your Skin In Really Hot Weather


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