How to adequately protect yourself from the sun

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Climate change is not only making itself felt with more and more heat waves, but the radiation exposure from the sun is also increasing. How to protect yourself from it, read here.

The highest caution is required from the sun’s harmful UV radiation. The health magazine “Apotheken Umschau” shows how one can protect oneself.

Correct sun cream against radiation load by sun
The health magazine “Apotheken Umschau” recommends, independently of the skin type, a sun cream with protection against UV A radiation and at least a light protection factor 30 to use. A cream with a higher sun protection factor should be used if the sun is intense. It should also be applied half an hour before sun exposure. The time you can spend in the sun is not prolonged by reapplying the cream, but you should still use it repeatedly—sweat, bathing, or abrasion on clothing will reduce the protection.

Clothing can also protect against the sun’s rays
The suitable clothing can also be a protection against the sun. However, not every fabric protects in the same way. For example, a thin white cotton shirt provides maximum sun protection factor 4. A sweaty or wet shirt hardly protects against the sun’s UV rays. The “Apotheken Umschau” recommends paying attention to textiles with UV protection (UPF 30 and higher) or the test seal UV standard 801.

The right hat also protects the crown of the head, neck, ears, and nose facing the sun. They are highly vulnerable. The suitable material is also essential for headgear. For example, a hat can provide UV protection between 2 and 50 if the headgear is made of a UV-protective fabric.

Sunglasses against UV rays
With sunglasses, the “Apotheken Umschau” recommends paying attention to the CE marking and the information UV 400. The following applies: Tinting the glasses has nothing to do with UV protection. Clear sunglasses lenses can also protect. In addition, the sunglasses should be large so that as little light as possible can enter. The recommendation: the lenses should reach from the eyebrows to the cheekbone and have wide temples.

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