Fun In The SunshineSummertime in the Midwest brings lots of sunshine, most of the time. It allows us to get outside and commune with nature. We can get some exercise by working in the garden, taking a walk, biking or many other fitness activities. It’s also a time to take vacations, perhaps in a sunshine state such as Florida or California. The sun provides us with many benefits such as, nourishing vitamins for our skin, and allows our brains to produce sufficient amounts of serotonin to stave off depression.

At any rate, when we are out in the sun we need to be protected from the harmful uv rays of the sun. This is not limited to your skin. Your eyes need protection as well. Below are some tips to help you get the most benefit out of your encounters with the sun. For additional information visit the Go Sun Smart website.


This should be top on your list for sun protection. Anytime you are out in the sun, apply sunscreen with a minimum of 15 spf (sun protection factor). If you have fair skin, the higher the spf, the better. Choose a brand that is broad-spectrum (protects from both uva & uvb rays), and waterproof or sweatproof. And don’t forget to apply to ears and the back of the neck.

Lip balm

The same rules apply for lip balm as for sunscreen. After all, your lips are part of your skin and you don’t want them to burn, dry out or chafe. Most if not all of the lip balms on the market today carry spf ratings.


The sun can de-hydrate you quickly, so make sure you have water or drinks that contain vitamins and minerals that the sun takes away. Stay away from caffeinated drinks, as they are diuretics and will de-hydrate you.

Protective clothing

Long sleeve shirts and long pants that cover the most skin are the best protection, however, hats can help keep a significant amount of sun off your head and face.

Eye protection

Your eyes need protection from harmful uv rays just as much as your skin. The suns powerful uv rays can cause or contribute to several conditions such as cataracts or macular degeneration. Choosing a good pair of sunglasses or goggles can provide the protection you need to avoid these conditions. Check the labels on eyewear to understand the level of protection they provide.

What steps do you take to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun?