Ways to Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
When I was at school all the girls were crazy about getting a tan; at the first glimpse of the sun would be out on the school field, a line of pale legs soaking up the rays. In the summer, we would slip into our bikinis, smother ourselves in baby oil, and squeeze lemon juice onto our hair to bleach it under the sun, lay our towels down on the grass and bake for hours. If I burned I used to think, “Cool, that will look brown tomorrow!” little did I understand at the time that the sun was actually frying our skin.
Our skin is made up of different layers, and the outer layer – the epidermis – is composed of dead skin cells that are shed about every two weeks. This is why our tans fade over time, as the skin renews itself; it is also the reason why people peal when they tan too quickly.
It’s wonderful to be outside in the warm summer sunshine, as long as we take care not to overdo it. In fact, we need sunshine, as it enables the body to manufacture vitamin D, which is essential for good health. Ideally, we should all see daylight for at least 15 minutes a day, making a special effort throughout the winter months when the days are shorter. Proper skin care protection is vital for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful skin.
However, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays are extremely strong, even when the day may seem cloudy and overcast. These are the rays that cause your tan; they can also cause skin cancer. So, enjoy the sun but take care to protect your skin.
Be Bronzed – Not Burnt!
There is a popular myth that wearing sun lotion stops us from tanning. This is untrue; sunscreen prevents our skin from burning too quickly, allowing us to develop a gradual, long-lasting tan over time. It’s a bit like the difference between cooking on a barbecue and cooking in an oven. When we cook food on a barbecue, the heat is so intense that often the food is cooked on the outside before the inside has even had a chance.
During summer months, you should wear a sun lotion with an SPF of at least 15. Don’t forget if you are swimming in the sea you will burn much more quickly because the light reflects off the water. Check the instructions on your sunscreen lotion to make sure that it is waterproof and how often it recommends on re-applying.
If you are travelling abroad to a very hot climate take a high-quality sun lotion with you.
The Sun is Dangerous in Every Season - so protecting your skin from sun in winters is as important as it is in summers. UV rays can be more potent on certain days, any time in winters too.
Sunscreen and skin care products with high SPF rankings are great skin moisturizers that protect our skin from the harsh winter wind and the sun’s harmful rays. I hope that my above points and information will encourage you to wear sunscreen daily, both from a health & esthetic view.