How can Sun damage your Skin?
It’s May and the sun is in its full potential. Though it gives you Vit. D which lacks in our daily food supplements but here one needs to understand when to be out in the sun to get Vit. D and when to stay indoors and protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
How can Sun damage your Skin?
What are the Major Risks of sun exposure without proper protection? The immediate effect of too much sun is SUNBURN. In the long run, it can cause premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. If not attended correctly, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled, discolored, and cramped. However, the most serious threat is SKIN CANCER, which is now one of the most common forms of cancer, and doctors suggest most skin cancer can be avoided by preventing sun damage. Sun has UVA and UVB rays that cause maximum damage – UVA (Ultraviolet A, for skin Aging):
- Easily passes through car windows or any glass windows.
- Can cause serious skin damage and it shows in the form of premature aging and wrinkling of the skin.
- Plays a key role in causing basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma
UVB (Ultraviolet B, for skin Burning):
- Does not pass through any type of glass window
- Causes skin cancer and melanoma
- Causes severe sunburn which leads to discoloration of the skin.
It is important to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. How to protect skin from these harmful rays?
- Use good Sunscreen! Make it your best friend and wear it even if it’s cloudy or winter outside.
Which Sunscreen to use?
- Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen i.e. a sunscreen that shields against both UVA and UVB damage.
- Make sure your sunscreen is water-resistant as it must withstand the perpetual sweating of summers.
- SPF (Sun protection factor) of 30 or higher.
- Do you know your lips also suffer the damage by these rays? Make sure to wear a lip balm or lipstick with SPF 30.
- Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before stepping out in sun.
- Reapply every 2 hours and reapply every 1 hour if you are swimming outside.
What is SPF (Sun Protection Factor)?? It is a measure of how well and for what time your skin will be protected from UVB rays. If your skin would burn in 10 minutes, after applying a sunscreen of SPF 15 you would stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes. This is a rough estimate that depends on skin type, the intensity of sunlight, and the amount of sunscreen used.
is the perfect sunscreen for your skin and
for perfect lip care. It not only filters the harmful UV rays but also keeps the skin and lips well-nourished. Other factors to consider before stepping out in sun –
- Avoid stepping out from 10 AM to 3 PM when UV light is strongest.
- Wear light-colored, loose, and protective clothing.
- Wear sunglasses that filters UV rays.
Who can wear sunscreen? All men, women, and children. Both fair-skinned and people of color. Use Sunscreen…. Stay Healthy……Stay Beautiful!!!