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Photosensitivity with Lupus? How to enjoy the Sun Safely

Updated: Apr 18

Many people with Lupus experience photosensitivity - a negative autoimmune reaction with too much sun exposure. Don't worry - you can still enjoy the great outdoors with a little extra care.

Let's savor the sun responsibly while protecting ourselves from excessive sun exposure.

  1. Understand the Sun's Power: Before we dive into protective measures, let's appreciate the sun's power. Sunlight is a natural mood booster, a key source of Vitamin D, and a vital component in maintaining our circadian rhythm. However, like any good thing, moderation is key.

  2. Choose the Right Time: Opt for outdoor activities during the early morning or late afternoon when the sun's rays are less intense. This allows you to enjoy nature without exposing yourself to the harshest sunlight.

  3. Wear Sunscreen – Your Shield Against Harmful Rays: Sunscreen is your trusty sidekick in the fight against harmful UV rays. Select a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and don't forget to reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.

  4. Wear the Right Gear: Sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses are your armor against the sun's intensity. These can help shield your skin and eyes from prolonged exposure.

  5. Seek Shade: When the sun is at its peak, find refuge in the shade. Whether it's a leafy tree or a cozy umbrella, taking periodic breaks in shaded areas helps reduce your overall sun exposure. Don't only depend on shade though - you can still get a sunburn and excessive exposure even in the shade.

  6. Stay Hydrated: Sun exposure can lead to dehydration, so ensure you stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

  7. Mind Your Reflections: Water, sand, and other reflective surfaces can amplify the sun's rays, increasing your risk of sunburn. Be extra vigilant when surrounded by reflective elements and take additional precautions to safeguard your skin.

  8. Know Your Skin: Familiarize yourself with your skin, and keep an eye on any changes. Regular self-checks and annual dermatological appointments contribute to early detection of potential skin issues.

Embracing the outdoors is great for your mental and physical health. With these protective measures you can safeguard your skin while enjoying nature.

If you're ready to implement diet and lifestyle changes to help with your Lupus - contact me today to get started.

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