Sunburn Prevention

There are many different types of sunburn prevention. It is very important to avoid sunburns, since too much exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Sunburns are also very uncomfortable, and this is another reason to try preventing them.

It is important to avoid the sun whenever possible. It is really important to try avoiding the sun during the heat of the day, usually between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This is when the sun can do the most damage. If you cannot prevent being in the sun during these times, wearing sunscreen can help reduce the chance of developing a sunburn.

Cover Your Body

Covering your body with lightweight clothing can help to reduce the chance of developing a sunburn. Wearing hats--wide brimmed are the best--is also good for shading the face and head while you are in the sun. If you are exposed to the sun during the hottest part of the day, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants will help keep the skin from getting too much sun. This can be uncomfortable if its really hot outside, but it could eventually save you from developing skin cancer.

Wear Sunscreen

It is important to make sure that sunscreen is applied on all areas of the skin exposed to the sun. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater is the best. It is also important to get a waterproof sunscreen. These sunscreens will stay on even if you sweat. Some sunscreens say that they are "broad-spectrum". These are the best since they will block all of the suns UVB and UVA rays. These are available in sprays, lotions or creams. You should also always reapply the sunscreen every 3 to 4 hours. It is also important to make sure that you have applied the sunscreen 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun. By taking these precautions, you will reduce the risk of developing a sunburn and skin cancer.


Wearing sunglasses when you are outside can reduce damage the eyes. Make sure the sunglasses block the UV light. The eyes need to be protected from the sun too. They can get burned and will sting and cause a lot of discomfort.

Protect Your Lips

Make sure that you apply a chap stick that contains an SPF. This will help reduce the lips from being sunburn. It also helps them from becoming chapped which will reduce the lips from peeling. It can also help to prevent cold sores from developing.

Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds are just as harmful to your skin as the sun is. Many people believe they are not harmful, but they are; they produce the same UV rays that the sun does. If you do decide to use a tanning bed, use it wisely by limiting the time you spend in it.

There are many different ways to prevent developing a sunburn. It is important to prevent sunburns whenever possible since overexposure can cause serious skin damage and even cancer.