It might not seem like it, but the dog days of summer are not too far off. We are only a few weeks from spring. Then it is on to summer and all of that time spent outdoors. Perhaps you are concerned about summer because of your tendency to develop raccoon eyes and a farmer’s tan. Well, no worries. You can avoid both.
Raccoon eyes are the result of oversized sunglasses that prevents sunlight from reaching the skin around your eyes. The farmer’s tan is one that shows up only on the arms, face, and neck.
There are three safe and proven ways to avoid both raccoon eyes and the farmer’s tan. Each one is described below. Bear in mind that when you utilize any of these methods the underlying goal is to protect your skin and eyes against UV rays. In addition to causing you to tan, UV rays can also damage your skin and eyes.
1. Cover Up Completely
No one wants to completely cover up with clothing during the hot summer months. But like it or not, covering your skin completely all but eliminates the risk of farmer’s tan and sunburn. Why does it work? Because clothing prevents UV rays from reaching the skin. In turn, this mitigates the need for the body to produce melanin. Where there is no extra melanin, there will not be any tan lines.
The one downside to covering up is the risk of overheating. However, there are more breathable fabrics on the market these days. You do not have to cover up with heavy cotton or polyester blends the don’t breathe very well. There are a number of new fabrics that provide more than adequate protection without trapping heat.
2. Use Sunblock
Your next option is to use sunblock. Even if the forecast calls for cloudy skies, sunblock will guarantee that only a minimal amount of UV light will actually reach the skin. You can wear whatever you want and not have to worry about ugly tan lines.
There are two downsides to this strategy. First, the human body needs at least some sun exposure to synthesize vitamin D. Any plan to use sunblock religiously should be complemented by vitamin D supplements. The other downside is getting sunblock too close to your eyes.
The skin around the eyes is some of most sensitive skin on the human body. As such, you really shouldn’t put sunblock any farther up on the face than the bottoms of the eye sockets. This leaves that skin around your eyes more vulnerable. However, that leads us to the third and final tip.
3. Wear a Hat
The good folks at Salt Lake City’s Olympic Eyewear recommend wearing a hat with a brim on sunny days. As effective as sunglasses are for protecting the eyes, they don’t do a whole lot for the forehead and the skin around the eyes. Wear a hat with a brim and you get maximum protection.
Realize that raccoon eyes are the result of sunlight directly hitting the face. Without a hat, that is exactly what happens. On the other hand, a hat with a brim provides natural shade for the face. It will prevent raccoon eyes by preventing the sun from directly hitting the face.
Summer is coming. With it will be all of those outdoor activities you love to participate in. Do yourself a favor this summer and do what you can to prevent raccoon eyes and farmer’s tan. In so doing, you will also be preventing sunburn and the damage that comes with it.