7 ways to prevent sunburn

Especially after long winter months, you’ll want to re-establish those vitamin D levels. Since sunburns are lurking in the shadows, pun intended, we listed 7 steps you should follow to avoid getting sunburned.

1. Wear the right loose clothing

When you’re at the beach, the less you have on, the better. This goes without saying. Come blistering hot weather, you’re going to want to wear loose clothes in any other day-to-day situation. Slip on some tightly woven, loose-fitting clothes. Light colours don’t absorb UV rays as much as dark colours.

2. Avoid exposure between 12 pm and 4 pm

You can blame UV rays for premature skin ageing and skin cancer. It just so happens that they’re especially dangerous in this 4-hour gap period. If you can’t avoid being out in the sun between 12 pm and 4 pm, do not do it without previously slopping on a generous amount of sunscreen.

3. Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a daily dose of 4 g of Omega-3 has proven to decrease sunlight-induced suppression of the immune system. You can either take supplements that contain them or go for natural alternatives. If the latter is more appealing to you, then you should know salmon and avocado are top-notch.

4. See to a diet rich in antioxidants

Kale, cherries, blackberries and spinach are extremely rich in antioxidants. These and many others will toughen your immune systems, making it stronger against harmful UV rays. Fruits such as papaya, orange and kiwi are rich in vitamins C and E, which will slow down the ageing of your skin.

5. Do not use sun-tanning oil

For some people this is no news at all: tanning oil is worse than you thought. The levels of SPF on tanning oil are so low that sunburns can easily find their way to your skin. For better sun protection, the best thing you can do really is using sunscreen. If you can’t do without it, get yourself a tanning oil with a decent SPF level.