The concept of sun protecting skin isn’t new, and sunscreen isn’t the only way to sun protect. Across the globe, and across history people have been taking measures to avoid excessive sun exposure. People have used what they have to improvise skin sun protection.
Examples of how to improvise skin sun protection from history.
- The classic example is the parasol and white gloves of western Victorian women.
- Traditional Arab clothing for men still includes a scarf like head covering and long-sleeved one-piece garment, both designed for breezy sun protection.
- Cowboys wore/wear wide brim hats and long sleeved shirts.
- Today's agricultural field workers wear similar hats and shirts.
Improvise! Use what you have and what’s functional for your activities.
Dermatologist's tips for creative sun protection.
Clothing and accessories for sun protection:
- A sun umbrella,
- wide brim hats,
- breezy long-sleeved shirts,
- long dresses,
- shawls - they all work.
Swim gear for sun protection is important. Wear swim pants and shirts over your bathing suit - they're not hot when you're in the water.
Sit under a beach umbrella, in the shade of a tree or patio awning - it helps.
Trust me - you’ll be cooler and more comfortable. Hot sun beating down on exposed skin it HOT! Cover up, create shade, minimize direct sun exposure and sunscreen what's little is left uncovered by clothing.
I recommend that all skin you have not covered with clothing get a good application of zinc oxide sunscreen. Even in the shade those tricksy UV rays bounce and can penetrate your shade. Click here to see the zinc oxide sunscreens that I trust and recommend. Click here to see all my sun protection products including my really good and well-priced sun hats too!
Every little bit of sun you keep off your skin means fewer wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancers-all good reasons to improvise.