By Megan PeeblesPublished Mar 07, 2019 08:53:54As we head into summer, many of us are starting to think about our bathing habits, and while we can definitely choose to stay indoors or get some exercise, it's important to keep in mind that sun bathing is no substitute for having a bath.And that's the case for most people.As the title says, sun bathing has been around for centuries, but until now, l...
Sunbathing can help prevent pregnancy and a first sun burn, according to new research.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Cancer Society recommend the following sun protection measures:Avoid direct sunlight in the summertime, as there’s a high risk of sunburn.
Wear long-sleeved shirts or long-sweater pants and a hat.
Wear sunscreen at least twice a week and use sunscreen at the beach or at your work.
Wash your face before and after sun exposure.
Make sure you are in a good mood and that your skin is clean.
Follow these tips for sun safety:Get plenty of water.
Washing your face can help reduce the risk of a sunburn from sun exposure, especially if you get your first sunburnt.
Avoid direct sun for at least five minutes.
If you are having a sun burn and your skin feels irritated or red, stop sunbathing for at to two minutes.
If it persists, get medical attention.
Avoid exposure to the sun for longer than four hours a day.
Wearing sunglasses or a hat during the day can reduce the severity of a first burn.
Warm up by getting outside in the sun.
Warming up can also reduce the duration of a burn and reduce the chance of sun damage.
Warn your husband, partner or other family member if you are experiencing a sun exposure-related pain or burning sensation.
Avoid activities where you can see or feel your skin, such as sunbathes, hot tubs, swimming pools and outdoor exercise.
Get treatment for sunburns before and during the pregnancy.
The AAP and the AAPS recommend avoiding exposure to direct sunlight for at the very least two minutes, then using sunscreen at two hours.
The FDA says that sunburn treatment can help to reduce the chances of sun burns in women who are pregnant.
The National Cancer Institute recommends sunscreens for pregnant women as well as women at higher risk of skin cancer, including women of color and those with skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.
The CDC recommends avoiding direct sunlight during pregnancy, particularly in the early part of the day.
If your skin looks red, it means you may be at an increased risk of developing a sunstroke.
The National Cancer Council recommends avoiding exposure of more than one hour a day to direct sun in the workplace.
The sunburn prevention guidelines are based on the American Academy’s guidelines for sun protection for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Sun exposure during pregnancy can increase the risk for skin cancer.
The Mayo Clinic recommends sunscreen use in pregnancy as well.