Taking Care Of Your Skin In The Sun
Taking care of your skin in the sun is necessary to have healthy skin now and in the future.
Skin, being the largest organ, sends messages to our brain about pain, heat, cold, and touch. If you are not taking
care of your skin in the sun, you are putting yourself at serious risk for many types of skin cancer that can be
life threatening once you are older. This should start from an early age, as young children are at high risk for
many types of skin cancer when they are older, for too much sun exposure during their early age.
Although the sun itself is not harmful to us: in fact, the sun provides us with a good dose of Vitamin D which
is healthy; but prolonged, unprotected sun exposure is the culprit. Taking care of your skin in the sun requires
constant practice and effort, but you will enjoy a long life of healthy skin if you do.
Wear sunscreen when showing your skin in the
Sunscreen is the number one tool for taking care of your skin in the sun. Sunscreen and sun block are essential
in taking care of your skin under the sun. Even on cloudy days, ultraviolet rays still touch our skin and put us
under risk. It is best that you lather on some sun block, preferably SPF50, every day.
If you are going swimming or sweat a lot, reapply every two hours. When selecting sun block, choose the ones
with “broad spectrum protection” and “UVA protection” on the bottle. Taking care of your skin in the sun also
entails that as much as possible, do not be under the sun during the hours of 10am and 3pm, when the sun’s rays are
at their hottest. Other than helping fight off harmful sun’s rays which can cause skin cancer in the future,
wearing sun screen and sun block also prevents wrinkles. Even if you are already dark, you should still wear
sunscreen, so as to be taking care of your skin in the sun.
When our skin starts to develop a tan, this means that it is a response to the sun’s rays. The tan will in no
way protect skin from the UVA and UVB rays, so do not think that tans are healthy. If you want to be taking care of
your skin in the sun, but like the look of a tan, you can always get salon tanning treatments or fake tanning
lotions. These products and services give you the benefit of a tan without the harmful effects of having to be in
the sun for a long period of time.
Other forms of protection when showing your skin in the
Lip balm with sun protection factor (SPF) is necessary in protecting your lips. The skin in the lips is quite a
sensitive area and also requires care and attention under the sun. Taking care of your skin in the sun also entails
wearing protective clothing, such as long sleeved shirts and pants. Taking care of your skin in the sun also means
wearing wide-brimmed hats for extra protection in the face.
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