Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV rays), which over time weaken the lower layer of skin, known as the dermis, and causes premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and skin cancer.
Are you wondering how to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays? Then here are a few tips to be sun safe:
Self-Examination: It is extremely important to monitor yourself regularly for symptoms of skin cancer like Red, scaly, sharply outlined patches, sores, melanoma etc. If you find any such unusual skin changes, see a dermatologist immediately.
Cover yourself properly, especially your hands, feet and face whenever you step out. Also wear tightly knitted clothes that blocks out light.
Use Sunscreen: Use a good sunscreen of at least SPF 15 to block both UVA and UVB rays. Allow sunscreen to dry before going into the sun, and reapply it every two hours.
Use a lip balm of good SPF value to protect your lips.
Wear a hat that protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. You can also consider carrying an umbrella.
Wear shades when you step out to block UV rays.
Boost your resistance with a diet full of fruits and vegetables.
Drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration.
Choosing the right sunscreen
You must know few things before buying sunscreen, choose a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum” protection. All sunscreen protect against UVB rays but only products that passes a test can be labeled “broad spectrum”. Otherwise the product are not broad spectrum must carry a warning that they only protect against sunburn not skin cancer.
Choose a good sunscreen of at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 or higher to block both UVA and UVB rays and allow sunscreen to dry before going into the sun, and reapply it every two hours.
It’s natural to get out in the sun during summer days, but at the same time you must take necessary steps to protect your skin from sun when you go outside. To much exposure of UV rays can cause sunburn, premature aging, eye damage and skin cancer.
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