Being a Little More UV Aware

by Brittiany Ralls

August is such a great month to get out in nature and experience the great outdoors. Summertime fun in the sun. Swimming in lakes or pools, hiking, fishing, so many outdoor activities to do. It is also considered the “Dog Days of Summer, due to the heat. So, in an effort to help everyone understand the importance of putting on sunscreen and protecting your skin from harmful UV rays lets delve a little deeper into the best options out there.

Your skin is the largest organ you have and needs so much protection because of it being exposed, so we should explore the options we have. There are a ton of products out there whether you are looking for canna infused or non infused sunscreen. It is important to remember that there are aspects to consider per what most dermatologists recommend.

Knowing a few key points while considering your purchase can help you decide what is best for you.

Dermatologists have three key points that are important to consider: the sunscreen is broad spectrum, it’s at least SPF 30 and is water resistant. Reapplying every 2 hours is required especially if sweating or in water. UV‘s don’t discriminate, so everyone should protect themselves from harmful UV rays. Through my research I came across sunscreens that didn’t have SPF in it, instead it had natural UV blocking ingredients. I personally will stick with SPF products, but those who only use more natural ingredients should know they have skin protection options also.

When it comes to a product you may be using often during the summer, as well as in continual applications throughout a day, it needs to be cost effective.

There are plenty of non- cannabis options available that while are effective, offer no added benefits that cannabis can give your skin. Without those added benefits you don’t incur extra cost for the product. Using sunscreens with cannabis can be beneficial with pain relief, anti-aging, and inflammation. Then, if you forget to reapply within those two reccomended hours you at least used a lotion that can help with the adverse impact of being in the sun too long. But, they can also be much more costly than regular sunscreen options. As with any canna-infused topical there are no psychoactive effects felt by the patient. So you can reapply as much as you need.

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Living in Oklahoma there are definite weather seasons to deal with. In parts of the year when I may not need as much sunscreen on a regular basis, I’m more willing to try a products that may be more expensive. This gives me a chance to find products that I haven’t tried and see if they really do work for me or not. Tricks like this help with costs along the way. So when you are packing that bag for your next outdoor adventure make sure to include your sunscreen and water. Staying hydrated while having fun makes sure that fun continues. Utilizing any shaded areas you have between the hours of 10am and 2pm is best since this is the peak time for UV‘s to do the worst damage.

Now get out there this month and enjoy all the beautifully sunny days it has to offer!

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