How to Protect your Skin from the Sun
There really isn’t any better feeling then the sunshine on your skin on a beautiful summer day.
Getting out in the sunshine each day has a wide variety of benefits. But like many good things, it’s all about balance and moderation. And while some daily sun exposure can be an excellent and an important part of your overall health and wellness, if you are going to be out in the sunshine for a long period of time, it is important to be aware of how to protect yourself.
Here are a few points taken from the NHS website:
- Sunburn damages your skin for life; not just the days that you are burned. And every time it burns, you double your risk of skin cancer.
- If you are pale, blonde or red headed or have moles and freckles, you are at a higher risk of burning and skin cancer and therefore need to take even more care.
- Younger skin is more prone to damage than older skin. Protect your skin from as young as possible.
It only takes 15 minutes in the sun to damage your skin. Before you head outside to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine, here’s what you need to know to about sun safety and protecting your skin.
Gradual sun exposure
Getting too much exposure at one time can cause a sunburn. And sunburn is never good! Start slowly, particularly if you been cooped up inside during those long winter months, and gradually increase your time in the sun to avoid burning.
Spend time in the shade
Instead of going indoors, find a shady spot to hang out instead. There are so many benefits to being outdoors, including just some getting lot of fresh air that you can still take advantage of in the shade.
Avoid the sun between the hours and 10am-3pm
The suns UV rays are strongest during these hours. Try to limit your sun exposure during this window as much as you can.
Always use SPF
I always wear an SPF on my face no matter on the time of year but now is the time to make extra sure you’re covered. SPF can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature ageing. However it’s important to choose the right one and to apply it correctly.
Here are some tips when it comes to SPF:
- Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. I love this Ren one for my face and this Caudalie one for my body
- Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect yo
- Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard‐to‐reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen.
- To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming
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