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Health Tips: Have a smart and safe sun exposure

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So we all seem to be fond of the sun, sand and sea. But the UAE summer is a thing to consider, no matter how much of a beach bunny you may be. And if you simply need to get your tan on, be mindful of what you should and shouldn’t be doing in the height of the desert summer. Here's your health tips:

Wondering where all those premature wrinkles are coming from? Tanning perhaps, or overexposure to the sun without adequate sun protection? Remember that SPF15 or SPF35 may work for other places, but not in a desert country. Try using sunscreen with SPF50, and make sure to reapply as needed. Avoid exposing yourself to the sun after 10am or so. This means going out for your natural tanning session a little early to avoid damaging ultraviolet rays. Protect yourself outdoors by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, protective clothing, using an umbrella and wearing sunglasses.

Don’t forget to moisturize to replenish lost moisture due to aging, photo damage, and excessive humidity and heat. Moisturize early in the morning and before you sleep. There are moisturizers with sunscreen, but use those with SPF 50+ so you won’t need to use additional sunblock. If you must use cosmetics, use waterproof makeup which doesn’t smudge due to sweat. Mineral powder makeup is highly recommended. Apply lip balm with SPF15 to keep your lips soft and supple.

Drink lots of water; avoid dehydrating sugary fruit juices and colas, and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Handy Health Tips
• Wear protective clothing and use an umbrella
• Try to avoid exposing yourself to sun after 10am
• Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water

Source: Claire Dangalan, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer