A sun-kissed look may be a fashion statement but the time you spend under the sun may inflict some permanent damage to your delicate skin cells. The skin and the sun do not get along very well. The sun rays are are composed of harmful radiation like ultraviolet A and B.
Ultraviolet B (UVB) burns the skin causing sun-spots, tans and skin burns. Ultraviolet A (UVA) causes wrinkles. Together they may even cause skin cancers and other damages. But, you’ve got to face the sun isn’t it? No, one stay cooped up indoors forever! The good news is that there are ways in which you can step out and face the sun rays with confidence.
How to Take Care of Skin in the Sun
The Sun Protection
The sunscreen is your most effective weapon against the bad rays. Use a sunscreen cream with SPF. Choose a cream that suits your skin tone and need. A fair person should use a minimum SPF 30 because he/she is more prone to damage cream while a dark skin person may use a SPF 15 OR 20.
Higher the SPF, more the protection. Always carry the tube with you if you going out and reapply the cream on the exposed body parts every two hours. However, if you’re swimming or tend to perspire a lot you may apply the lotion every hour. Always choose a cream that is long lasting and guards you against a broad spectrum of radiations.
You may use sunscreens by Neutrogena, Avon, Clarins, or Elizabeth Arden. Remember, to apply the sunscreen generously at least 30 minutes before stepping out.
Protect The Vulnerable Parts
The most vulnerable parts that are more likely to be damaged are your face, ears, shoulders, neck and hands. Take care to doubly protect them. For the hands you may wear a long sleeved clothing. You may wear a hat, cap and put on some shades to protect the face part.
Some people wrap a scarf around to protect the head and neck region. Remember all this provides some extra protection and you should always apply a good quality sunscreen before.
The Time To Avoid
The sun rays are harshest between 10 am – 4 pm. Try and avoid exposing yourself to the sun during this stretch of time. If you’re planning to go out, get out early in the morning.
At The Beach
Well the sun can’t be avoided when you’re relaxing at the beach. But science has managed to bring together protection and style! Follow the “Slip, Slop and Slap” rule. It means that your should “Slip in a shirt, Slop on some good sunscreen and Slap on a hat.”
You must wear protective clothing when you’re at the beach. Wear a sarong or a kaftan, this way you’ll look gorgeous and stay protected. Put on some cool glares to face the sun at the beach and wear a stylish wide brimmed hat to keep your face and shoulders well protected.
Hydration Is The Key
The sun sucks away your body’s water content and leaves your skin dry. Stay hydrated at all times. Carry a bottle of juice or water whenever you’re going out.