Protect yourself from Sun damage!
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. 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
- Does not pass through any type of glass window
- Causes skin cancer and melanoma
- Causes severe sunburn which leads to discoloration of the skin.
- Use good Sunscreen! Make it your best friend and wear it even if it’s cloudy or winter outside.
- 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.
- 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.