Sun Pro­tec­tion Without Sun­screen

The Freeman - - LIFESTYLE - By Melissa King

It’s not cer­tain, as yet, how the Sinulog day will turn out to be – whether gloomy

or sunny. If it’s go­ing to be show­ery on that day, an um­brella

and rain­coat should be handy. But if it’s go­ing to be fiercely

sunny, it’s an­other story.

On a hot sunny day a hat or an um­brella may not be enough. It’s still pos­si­ble to get the sun’s harm­ful rays by re­flec­tion when the rays strike on sur­faces. It may seem like wear­ing sun­screen is the only way to get pro­tected.

Sun­screen shields the body from can­cer­caus­ing UV rays, so it's im­por­tant to slather it on when go­ing out­side. That's es­pe­cially true at the beach, at the pool and at the Sinulog pa­rade route – wa­ter, sand, and the con­crete street re­flect sun­light, so one is more likely to get burned without pro­tec­tion.

But if you left the sun­screen at home, there's no need to miss out on any out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. You can pre­vent get­ting a sun­burn by stay­ing in the shade and wear­ing pro­tec­tive cloth­ing.

Step 1. Wear long-sleeved clothes when you go out­doors. Pants and a long-sleeved shirt shield your body from the sun's rays; darker col­ors pro­tect skin bet­ter than light ones. If you're at the beach or pool and can't wear long-sleeved clothes, cover your torso with a long T-shirt.

Step 2. Wash clothes with a UV-re­pel­lent laun­dry de­ter­gent. These deter­gents coat cloth­ing with mi­cro­scopic crys­tals. The crys­tals pre­vent UV rays from pen­e­trat­ing the fab­ric and get­ting to your skin.

Step 3. Put on a wide-brimmed hat be­fore head­ing out in the sun. Your face burns eas­ily, so it's im­por­tant to shade it with a hat, es­pe­cially if you're not ap­ply­ing sun­screen. Don't use straw hats; they have small holes that let sun­light through.

Step 4. Pro­tect your eyes with sun­glasses that fil­ter UVA and UVB rays. Opt for wrap-around sun­glasses for the best pro­tec­tion.

Step 5. Sit in the shade as of­ten as you can when you're out­doors. Look for shade un­der an awning or tree. At the pool or beach, sit un­der a large um­brella.

Step 6. Avoid go­ing out­side be­tween the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The sun's rays are strong­est dur­ing this time pe­riod.

If you want to make your own nat­u­ral sun re­pel­lent, com­bine half cup al­mond oil, one-fourth cup beeswax and one-fourth cup co­conut oil in a glass bowl. Mix in two ta­ble­spoons Shea but­ter, two ta­ble­spoons non-nano zinc ox­ide pow­der and one tea­spoon of vi­ta­min E oil. Melt the in­gre­di­ents in the mi­crowave, or place the bowl over a pot of hot wa­ter on the stove. Stir the in­gre­di­ents to­gether, then let the mix­ture cool in the re­frig­er­a­tor for one hour. Ap­ply as you would your reg­u­lar sun­screen. Re-ap­ply ev­ery two hours.

Cau­tion: You can still get a sun­burn even when it's cloudy or cold out­side. It's also pos­si­ble to get burned when you're un­der the wa­ter. UV rays can even pen­e­trate glass.

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