As the sun has finally decided to make its appearance on a long-term basis and the eagerly awaited summer months are in full swing, it’s important to start talking sun protection and how to protect your skin from the sun.
Top Tips To Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Some people are lucky and can sit in the sun for hours and tan within minutes and others, unfortunately, burn the moment they step out. Either way, it is vital to ensure that you have applied the correct sun protection and are taking care of your skin.
There are many different dangers and impacts the sun has on your skin over time. Not only does it dramatically increase your risk of skin cancer, but extensive UV exposure can considerably speed up the ageing process. To avoid skin damage, take a look at these top protection tips.
Limit Prime Time Exposure
The sun is at it’s strongest point and reaches maximum intensity between 10am and 4pm. Although it is incredibly tricky to avoid the sun at all costs during these hours, you must be aware that leaving your skin unprotected exposes you to the most harmful form of UV rays.
A handy little trick to test the intensity of the sun is to carry out what they call ‘the shadow test’. Stand directly in the sun away from anything that may block its rays, if your shadow is shorter than you then it is a good indication that you should sit in the shade.
In recent years, researchers have come up with new, innovate ways of measuring sun exposure. If you’re a tech geek who loves trying out the latest technology, then this is for you! The popular skincare brand La Roche Posay have created a UV Sensor Patch, which once applicated to the skin, will measure the strength of the UV rays you are exposed to. Once you get to the point where you need a little time out of the sun, a downloadable app will notify you to step into the shade for a while to let your body cool down. The UV Sensor Patch is perfect on holiday as it is also water resistant and can be worn throughout your break.
Be Extra Careful On The Beach
Both the sea and sand reflect light, increasing the danger of sunburn. It is thought that spending the day on the beach can increase your sun exposure as high as 25%.
Due to the level of exposure on the beach, it is always recommended to reapply a suncream every two hours, even if you haven’t been in the sea and you still feel as it remains on the skin. On average, it takes around half an hour for suncream to sink into your skin and start to protect you sufficiently. Always ensure that you apply a thick layer before you set off for the beach and not once you have already arrived.
If you plan to go into the sea to swim or take part in activities such as surfing, kayaking or parasailing, be aware that you are at most risk of sun exposure. Spending a large chunk of your day in the sea without reapplying suncream can be very dangerous as the water and wind from the ocean can often camouflage the heat. If you do plan to take part in any long course activities, we recommend, if you haven’t already been provided with it, wearing UV protective clothing.
Watch Your Medication
A factor that many people are less aware of is that certain medications make your skin more exposed to the sun. For example, some acne treatments, particularly those including retinoids or salicylic acid, increase the sensitivity of your skin. Often only stronger products prescribed by your doctor make an impact and make your skin more vulnerable to sunburn and damage.
Although these do not put your skin at any added danger, they do still impact your body’s ability to deal with the sun. Some allergy medications reduce your body’s capability to produce sweat, making you more likely to overheat and suffer from heat stroke.
When it comes to the topic of sun damage, we often only hear about the future issues the sun can have on your skin, but UV exposure can be just as harmful to your eyes. We know this article is based on skin damage, but it is also vital to highlight the risks to your eyes. Research shows that extensive UV can increase the risk of issues such as cataracts, which is clouding of the lens, and pinguecula, which is a growth in the eye, both of which dramatically decrease your vision on a long-term basis.
Although cheaper sunglasses do save you a considerable chunk of money and meet the latest trends, they are often weak and incapable of adequately protecting your eyes from UV rays.
When purchasing sunglasses, you want to look out for ones with polarised lenses; they are the best type of glare protection that you can have, especially when on the beach. They can entirely block out all increased sun exposure from, for example, the sea, so you can enjoy relaxing on the beach without worrying about damaging your eyes. One of the most popular sunglasses brands is Ray Bans, which although are expensive, always have added polarised lenses in all of their styles. If you wear prescription glasses full time, you can even pay a little extra to get a polarised film added to your day to day glasses, so you continue to be protected and avoid additional internal damage.
The skin around the eye is very delicate, so opting for a pair of sunglasses with extra protection will also avoid sunburn on the eyelid and around the eye which can be extremely painful.
Do You Protect Your Skin?
Whether you are jetting away abroad or are enjoying the sun locally, it is always essential to be kind to your skin and take care as young as you can. The sooner that you start to protect your skin and eyes, the less likely you are to run into future severe issues. People often think that sun exposure helps the skin and vitamin D can help to clear skin conditions such as acne. Although vitamin D does benefit the body, it is always recommended to opt for a facial if you want to improve your skin rather than relying on the sun.
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