How to Protect Your Skin against Sun Damage This Summer

Posted on Tue, 07 Jun 2016 0

How to Protect Your Skin against Sun Damage This Summer

Summer is officially upon us, which means you are likely spending more time outside. Being outdoors is a great way to recharge the body, refocus the mind, and reconnect with nature. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing—overexposure to the sun can have a negative impact on the health of your skin. Here are some ways you can avoid damaging your skin this summer while still enjoying the beautiful fresh air.

Understand the Risks

Sun overexposure remains a much misunderstood issue. Before you can start to protect your skin against the sun, it’s important to know all the facts. Sun exposure is good and necessary for your skin—it helps produce vitamin D, which reduces acne and improves skin’s elasticity.  However, overexposure can lead to blemishes, sunspots, wrinkles, sunburns and serious illnesses such as skin cancer. There are two common types of light rays that can affect your skin:

·         Ultraviolet A or UVA rays are the longest wavelength of the sun, so they penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. They are the most common form of sunlight and can cause long term effects such as aging, sunspots, wrinkles and skin cancer.

·         Ultraviolet B or UVB rays penetrate the skin’s surface layers, which can cause burning, discolouration, allergic reactions, and tumors that can develop into skin cancer.

Be Prepared

The best way to protect against sun damage is to be adequately prepared before spending time outdoors. Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, especially in direct sunlight, and try to avoid spending time outside when the sun is at its height, from 10am to 2 in the afternoon. Wearing a hat, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts in milder temperatures are great ways to stop sunlight from penetrating your skin. Apply UVA and UVB protected sunscreen, and remember to drink plenty of water—dehydration makes your skin more vulnerable to sun damage.

Summer is meant to be enjoyed outdoors. If your skin is properly prepared, you’ll be ready to soak up some rays without worrying about doing harm to your skin. Using synthetic and chemically-based skin care products can increase your risk of sun damage and make your sun-related skin problems even worse. Chose natural skin care products and get the radiant summer skin you deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

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