Sun damage can sometimes be irreversible. It is extremely important to protect our self from the sun not only during summer, but throughout the year. With summer approaching most of us couldn’t think of anything better than lying out all day long by the beach or the pool. Most of us prefer to do outdoor activities as well such as picnicking, hiking, attending music festivals etc. etc.
But we often forget to take in to consideration the lifelong damage it causes.
Here are some SUN facts that we need to know
- ANY visible tan on your skin that differs from your natural skin color is sun damage; the deeper the color, the worse the damage.
- All skin colors are susceptible to skin cancer, not just fair skin.
- Most skin cancer is caused by sun damage that occurred before the age of 20.
- 90% of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots on skin are caused by sun damage and could have been prevented.
- The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
However, exposure to sun does have so many health benefits like, but one must expose themselves to the sun only between 6am-9am and after 4 pm for a maximum of 15 minutes per day without Sunblock
- It created Vitamin D in the body which in turn helps in the following
- bone health
- supports the immune system
- protects against dementia and brain aging
- good for loosing excess fat
- essential for decreasing symptoms of asthma
- strengthens teeth
Find out how to protect yourself from Sun damage
1. Protect yourself
Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before exposure to allow the skin to absorb it. And reapply it every two hours — more often if you’re sweating or getting wet. If you have fair skin, you might even want to begin preparing for sun exposure the night before by putting on a layer of sunscreen before bed; this will allow it to be thoroughly absorbed into the skin’s outer layer. Then apply the usual coat of sunscreen the next day, about a half hour before you go outside.
2. Don’t forget them
3. Don’t let the weather fool you
4. Check your drugs