When the weather starts to warm up, it is hard not to want to spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately, you have to be careful about being directly out in the sun. Repeated exposure to the sun can cause age spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. It is important to protect your skin every time you walk out the door. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and about one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life. To better protect your skin when outdoors and help reduce your chances of getting sun-burnt, here are three tips to check out.
Limit Exposure to the Sun
One of the best ways you can reduce your chances of getting skin cancer is by limiting how much sun you are exposed to. This is especially true during the hottest part of the day when the sun is at its highest. UV rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If you plan to be outside, make sure you choose to go out before 10 am and after 4 pm to reduce the amount of UV exposure.
Utilize a Patio Cover
Whether you want to watch the kids play outdoors or socialize with some friends outside, a patio cover can allow you to enjoy being outside without being directly in the sun. Patio covers help block out the sun but still allow plenty of natural sunlight to get in. You are not exposed to harmful UV rays from the sun, allowing you to spend as much time outdoors as you want. A patio cover can also help increase the value of your home and direct water flow in the right direction so you don't have to deal with flooding around the foundation of your home where the patio cover is. Patio cover companies can also work with you to build a custom cover fit for your needs.
Wear the Right Sunscreen
If you go to purchase sunscreen, chances are you will be bombarded with options to choose from. How do you know which one offers the best protection for your skin? The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays so you want to find a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum coverage. Expert dermatologists recommend wearing a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 for every day use. If you plan on being outdoors for a bit, you will want to bump that up to an SPF of 50. This doesn't mean you can't burn if you are exposed to the sun, it just means it will take much longer to burn when out in the sun. It is a good idea to reapply every so often so that you don't end up sweating the sunscreen off.
One of the things that helped sell my home quickly, at least according to my real estate agent, was the time I spent fixing up the landscaping. I knew about the importance of eye appeal, but who would have thought that something as simple as a storage shed or a backyard veggie garden could make such a big difference in the sale price of a home, and the length of time it takes to sell said home? Well to prove that my landscaping techniques worked, I helped three friends sell their homes using some of my tips and tricks. It seems to have worked, because every one of them were able to fetch their asking price and sell before their goal deadlines. So, I figured I should help others out there who could use a little help in the home selling department… hopefully you'll find inspiration on the pages here.