Your Skin and the Sun

It’s getting warmer.  You’re trading your heavy coats and long sleeves for short sleeves, tank tops, and your pants for shorts.  You’re sorting out and packing away your winter wardrobe, and making plans for the pool or the beach.  You’re even allotting times to lie in the sun or finish perfecting the tanning bed tan.  Have you ever thought about what you are doing to your skin or what you should be doing to protect it?

The can prematurely age skin, leaving it dry, wrinkled, and, in extremely severe cases, looking more leathery than skin toned.  There is also the danger of contracting skin cancer, with the latter being more likely if you use a tanning bed.

It’s not the sun’s fault.

Many people wonder how they can get tanned and even burned on cloudy days, with their main contention is that the sun is not out.  It’s not the sun or the light it gives off.  It’s the UV-A and UV-B radiation that gives us the tanned and burned skin.  It’s these two that we have to guard against to keep our skin young, soft, and blemish free.

Hats

If you’re just outside in the garden, wearing a hat is not only good for preventing heat exhaustion; it works to block the rays that can burn your facial skin, which is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body.

Cover Up.

Short tanning sessions with the proper sun screen can be fun, but not covering up to swim or just lounge around can lead to you having:

1.       First Degree Burns

  • This is the redness and irritated skin we get when we’ve exposed ourselves to the sun for too long.

2.       Second Degree Burns

  • This is not only redness, but water blisters that can form if you have been out in the sun. These can get infected and cause other skin problems down the line.

Both can invite melanoma, skin cancer.  Here are some things you can do to take care of your skin this summer season.

1.      Limit Your Exposure

  • Do not go out during the hottest part of the day. This is usually between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

2.      Wear a Moisturizing Sun Screen

  • 30 SPF or higher is recommended. It will offer the most protection if you have to be out there doing yard work or if you’re catching rays.
  • Mineral sunscreen, like Colorescience Sunforgettable 50 will not only protect your face from the damaging radiation, but it will also keep it moisturized and make it healthier.

We all want to catch a few rays of sun, but we don’t like the burn.  Forgo the sun oil.  Yes, it will take you longer to tan with sunscreen, but you are reducing your chances of getting burned.  Pick up some Sunforgettable today and stop risking your skin and your health.

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