Sun Protection Pro Tips

It’s that time of year again where our bodies crave the light and warmth of the sun. For mental health reasons – and for just plain fun – we 100% support a day in the park or an adventure at the beach. And yet it’s still important to take care that we are gaining the most benefits from the sun (think Vitamin D!) while avoiding the harmful effects of UV radiation (like skin cancer and other damage to our bodies). Thank goodness we’ve learned a thing or two since the days of sun-bathing in the backyard with baby oil on our skin and a reflector! The best approach is to layer the protection by using smart fabrics, applying sunscreen and avoiding the peak hours of sun each day.

The S/S Swing Top (AB183) in Navy / The A-Line 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck (AB182 in Biscayne

It's All About The Weave

This is where we talk about physical protection – and we mean the soft, stylish kind and not the burly bodyguard type. All our styles, from the cute tanks to long sleeve tunics, are designed with a special tightly woven blend of Tactel®/Lycra®, so you’ll receive 30 SPF protection without even having to lift a finger. Who knew that looking stylish could be so good for your body? There are lots of great clothing options with SPF built into the fabric – and the tighter the weave, the better - so now you just need to focus on the uncovered areas. This is where a great hat, some cool shades and a preference for dark colors can really provide more protection.

Sunscreen Is Your Friend

It’s easy to create a new habit of applying sunscreen as your first layer when you start your day. Moisturizers and foundation often come with sunscreen, so find one that suits your skin tone and type. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen to all exposed areas throughout the day, especially if you have gotten wet or sweaty – sunscreen is good, but not that good! Keep in mind that not all sunscreens are created equally. For years, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been rating sunscreens for their health concerns and UVA/UVB protection. Check out your current sunscreen and find suggestions here. Remember that all good things come to an end so be sure to replace your sunscreen by the expiration date or after 3 years, whichever comes first.

Act Like A Miami Native

Any true Miamian will tell you that you shouldn’t be anywhere near the beach between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm – there’s no parking, the beach is way too crowded and, most importantly, the sun’s rays are strongest and most dangerous at that time. Try to schedule your outdoor activities for the early morning and late afternoon hours. You’ll still get all the Vitamin D benefits, just with less harm. And because we’re at the time of year where the days are magically, deliciously longer, the afternoon hours will still leave you plenty of time for a walk with the dog, some time outdoors or even a mocktail the beach.

Have fun and stay safe by doing all the exciting spring and summer activities while using these great tools to protect you from the sun’s most harmful rays. Your beautiful, glowing skin will thank you and will continue to look great for years to come. See you at the beach!

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