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by Dana Ward on Jun 25, 2009 0

suntanWell, its warm and humid here in the northeast USA and people are working on their suntan.  I’ve never been one for laying out in the sun, but getting outside is good for everyone.

My suntan develops simply from walking the dog.  It is good exercise and we do absorb vitamin D from the sunshine.  I also sit and brush the dog; it’s good for both of us 🙂

If you are going to work on your suntan, be sure to use proper sunscreen, and use moisturizer more often.  I don’t mow the lawn, but for those who do, remember its just like laying out by the beach – be careful not to get a sunburn!

A word of caution about the weather…

A suntan may be the goal, but the result could be a sunburn if you are not careful.  Sometimes the worst sunburns can happen on a cloudy day.

The damaging rays can come through the clouds and because clouds can make it more comfortable to be outside, people tend to stay outside longer than in the bright sunshine.

Did you know the water reflects the sun’s rays?  being on the water, either in a boat or floating about on a raft can be quite comfortable.  The water and spray are quite refreshing.  This can make you lose track of just how long you are exposing your skin for a suntan.

With a little preparation and care, you can get a great suntan and avoid a burn.

Suntan Suggestions:

Layout with a friend

Read a book

Listen to music from an iPod or other MP3 device

Close your eyes and enjoy the surrounding sounds

Stay hydrated!

Use sunscreen with an appropriate SPF number for your skin type

Use sunscreen with bug prevention depending on where you are tanning outside

If you are prone to falling asleep, be sure to set an alarm so you don’t burn while dozing off

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