Regardless of how much time you spend in the sun, sunscreen and sun safety should definitely be a priority. Although you may feel like a nice summer tan does wonders for your complexion and self-esteem, it’s not very good for your skin health.
When you’re younger, the effects of sun damage might just be a sunburn, however, as you get older, the damage will evolve into wrinkles, age spots, and possible blemishes, which may be signs of skin cancer.
Due to the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light rays, your elastin takes most of the beating, breaking down fibers in your skin, which will lead to them becoming looser and stretchier. Not only does this not look good visually, but it will also cause a slow down in your body‘s healing process.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer. Exposure to sunlight during the winter months puts you at the same risk as exposure during the summertime. Cumulative sun exposure causes mainly basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, while episodes of severe blistering sunburns, usually before age 18, can cause melanoma later in life.
To help keep you and your skin as healthy as possible, we‘re going to go through some tips when it comes to sun safety and sunscreen:
- If you‘re going outside—no matter the weather or sun coverage—wear sunscreen.
The minimum SPF should be 30 and have a “broad spectrum” coverage.
- Reapply every so often, normally around every hour—especially if you’re sweating or in the water.
- Make sure you‘re applying to all uncovered skin—take extra care if you’re balding or don‘t have much hair on your head.
- Protect your eyes with sunglasses that have total UV protection.
- Pick out certain sunglasses that have a UVA/UVB rating of 100 percent.
- G for larger, wraparound-style frames. Not only are they highly-fashionable, but they also offer complete eye-socket coverage.
- Wear as much coverage as possible—with light material so the clothes are not heavy. Úsalo que mas puedes de protector. Think of wide-brimmed hats, light long-sleeved shirts, and pants.
- Seek out specific products (like make-up or contact lenses) that offer UV protection. They can double-up with your sunscreen and sunglasses.
All of those tips can definitely help with sun damage prevention. Especially if you are prone to any of these risk factors listed below, you might want to talk to your doctor on how to best protect yourself from sun damage:
- If you have lighter or paler skin that burns easily
- If you have light hair and eye color
- If you have had skin cancer before
- If someone related to you has had skin cancer
- If you are taking medications that might need you to take extra precautions when it comes to skincare and sun safety.
Whether one of those factors pertain to you or not, you should always try to check your skin regularly or visit the dermatologist to have them check up on an abnormal new growth or any changes in your skin.
This can help you avoid any skin problems from developing into cancer or getting worse.
We hope that this blog has helped give you very quick and effective ways to keep you and your family safe from sun damage.