Everyone knows that UV radiation from the sun can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, but it’s not always easy to remember when you are on vacation or rushing out of the house in the morning.
In this post, you shall learn five cliche but effective ways to avoid sun damage:
Stay Out of the Sun at Peak Hours When Necessary
When the sun is at its highest, it’s the most damaging to your skin. In addition, the midday sun has a much stronger UVB level than in the mornings and evenings.
If you must be outside, try wearing a wide-brimmed hat that blocks both UVA and UVB rays when possible. The sun is most intense in the middle of the day, so if you can stay out of it during those times when your skin will thank you. You can also get a PRP facial to ease the effects.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Most people know that you should wear sunscreen to avoid sunburns, but did you know that wearing sunscreen is also the best way to protect your skin against premature aging?
Remember, the same UV rays that cause damage can also lead to skin cancer. So to do your skin a favor, always wear sunscreen.
Cover Your Body As Much as Possible When in the Sun
One of the cliche but effective ways to avoid sun damage is by covering your body as much as possible when in the sun. Bare skin exposed for up to ten minutes can get burnt or irritated from UV rays. Of course, the longer you are out in the sun, the more likely you will get a sunburn.
Another cliche but effective way is by wearing light-colored clothing and using an umbrella when in direct sunlight for too long. The clothes will help block some of the UV rays from hitting your body while standing under shade can protect you as well. If possible, it’s also good to wear a T-shirt as it’s thinner and less likely to make you sweat.
When you wear sunglasses, it’s like wearing a hat to protect your head from the sun. It covers not only your eyes but also the skin around them.
Sunglasses can help minimize damage caused by the intense UV rays that cause premature wrinkles and age spots on unprotected skin areas. Protecting these delicate features now will make you look even more youthful in the future.
Studies have found that people who drink more water are less likely to develop wrinkles or age spots. In addition, staying hydrated will help regulate your body temperature and keep you cool on a hot summer day. Drink at least two liters of fluids per day (more if it’s incredibly humid).
It’s essential to be aware of the dangers that can come from sun exposure without proper protection. You should know how much time is safe when you are in the sun and what type of clothing or sunscreen will protect your skin best.
*Photos by Ksenia Chernaya