Is sun-tanned skin healthy skin? Sun-tanned skin means skin has been damaged by the sun. Also, sunburn, freckles, and wrinkles are some signs of overexposure to the sun that can lead to premature aging of the skin as well as skin cancer. As summer approaches, here are some tips that can help to protect your delicate skin from harmful rays.
Slather on the Sunscreen!
But, which sunscreen products are best? Not every product that says it offers sunscreen protection is effective against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Products with SPF (sun protection factor) only protect from one type of ultraviolet (UV) ray, UVB. It’s also important that a product protects you from UVA rays, which can cause wrinkles and increase the risk of skin cancer. So, look for products that offer broad spectrum coverage to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Wear protective clothing including sunglasses to protect your eyes and broad-rimmed hats that provide greater coverage for your face, ears and sensitive bald spots :). There are clothing options also that offer added protection from the sun’s harmful rays, so dress sun-smart.
The sun is at its strongest between the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. No matter how unbearable and difficult it is to stay indoors during summer’s outdoor-weather days, avoiding the sun’s harmful rays is a good reason to be inside. When venturing outdoors during these hours, seek shelter under trees or canopies that offer some shade.
So, be sun-smart, dress sun-chic and wear sunscreen and be kind to your skin during the long sunny summer days!
Be Kind to Your Body TM
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