We all know that the sun is one of the biggest factors when it comes to our skin health and wellbeing. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is one of the leading causes of skin cancer, but it also has an impact on sunspots, premature aging, and weakening of the skin cell integrity.
Two Types of Ultraviolet Radiation.
There are two types of UV radiation including Ultraviolet A, which can pass through glass, and Ultraviolet B that cannot pass through car windows or other glass. It is a good idea to protect yourself from both.
UVA can cause premature aging, and the wrinkling of skin. It can also play a role in causing basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
UVB on the other hand, is more closely linked with the development of skin cancer and melanoma as well as causing sunburn.
What are the ways you can protect yourself from the sun?
- Wear Protective Clothing
The single greatest thing you can do for your skin to protect it from the harmful UV radiation is to simply stay out of the sun. Wear protective clothing, wear a hat, and make sure to wear high quality sunglasses.
- Limit Sun Exposure
The suns rays are the most intense between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, therefore during this time you should try and stay out of the direct sun. Keep to the shadows, minimize your time outdoors, and wear protective clothing if you do have to go out in the midday heat.
- Choose high quality Sunglasses
Did you know that UV radiation can significantly impact your eye sight, eye cancer, and eyelid melanomas? Not protecting your eyes can also lid to skin cancers on the eyelid along with premature aging of the delicate skin around your eyes. Choose sunglasses which block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation.
- Pay Attention to the UV Index
There is a numbered scale measuring how damaging the exposure from the sun will be on any given day. It is usually presented on the weather report, and if the number is 10 or higher, then you should try and stay indoors during that day. Remember, that even on overcast days the UV index can still be high!
- Some Medication has side effects
Did you know that some medication including antibiotics, anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, and blood pressure medication can make you more sensitive to the sun’s rays? For this reason, make sure to check with your doctor about the impacts of your medication and consider adding additional sunscreen or being more cautious about the time you spend in the sunshine.
- Pick high quality sunscreen
You should include a high quality mineral based sunscreen into your daily beauty routine to ensure you protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Whether it is an overcast or sunny day, putting on a layer of sunscreen in combination with your foundation will help block the rays from harming your skin and keep your skin healthy and longer.
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