Stepping out in the sun is a great way of soaking up some Vitamin D. However, you need to follow some precautions if you’re out in the sun for very long hours. Overexposure to the sun not only gives you a tan but also sunburns and hyperpigmentation. In extreme cases, there’s also a risk of skin cancer.

To ensure that you are protected from UV rays at all times, avoid stepping out from 10am to 4pm. If must go out at this time, carry protective gear like a hat or scarf. Here’s our quick guide on enjoying the sun while taking necessary precautions.
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Use sunscreen

Your sunscreen is nothing short of holy for your skin—so make sure you have it handy at all times. Ideally, you should go for a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. If you have sensitive skin, you should opt for something non-comedogenic. Apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading out and re-apply it every two hours.

Moisturise!

Your body tends to lose its natural fluids, if you’re in the sun for extended periods. As a result your skin loses its natural moisture, and becomes excessively dry. Thus, it is imperative to prevent this from happening by applying a good moisturiser. Do this before you apply your sunscreen, so that your skin is supple and nourished.  

 

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Drink up!

It’s essential to stay hydrated. Ensure that you consume at least 2-3 litres of water everyday. This should be a part of your daily regime and will be beneficial in the long run. Water helps flush out toxins and keeps your body healthy and hydrated. You can even add lemon to your water which makes it taste better and also further helps the detoxification process.

Rock sunnies and hats

Being in the sun is your perfect opportunity to don an extravagant hat and oversized glasses. If need be, you can cover your face with a scarf, for added protection from the harsh rays of the sun. It’s significant to ensure that your skin is covered, so that you minimise any possible sun damage.


 

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Don’t forget your lips

While you take care of every part of your body, don’t forget about your lips! Use a lip balm with an SPF. This will prevent discolouration of your lips. Also, exfoliate your lips once a week to ensure that they remain in the pink of health!