Sunscreens are not the only way to protect the skin from ultraviolet rays. It so happens, anyway, that around 40% of people who use sunscreens get burned because they fail to apply the product properly. There are other ways of protecting the skin that can be combined with sunscreens.
To ensure full protection for our skin it is advisable to use five strategies – separately or, better yet, in combination. 1. Wear sunglasses to prevent premature cataracts and ocular melanoma. 2. Make good use of beach umbrellas (a mere 14% of children on beaches are actually protected by them). 3. Seek out trees, because these afford natural protection from the sun (SPF of 10 or more). 4. Wear loose clothing to cover up the skin. 5. Avoid sunbathing between 3 pm and 5 pm in summer when the sun’s radiation is strongest.