It’s a well-known fact that the sun can do a lot of good. Sun exposure lowers blood pressure, improves bone health, sleep quality, brain function and can also help to ease mild depression. While the right balance of exposure can have a lot of benefits, there is a downside to it as well. Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, age spots and in worst cases even lead to skin cancer.

Sun exposure is considered to be one of the main reasons for premature aging. But through protective creams and lotions, you don’t have to succumb to the damaging rays. Even, if you haven’t been protecting your skin in the past, it’s never too late to start.

Keep these tips in mind to protect your skin from the sun.

  1.    Choose a broad spectrum cream

Two types of UV lights can harm your skin –UVA and UVB. UVA rays cause your skin to age quickly, and UVB rays burn your skin. Too much exposure to both the rays can cause skin cancer. So the SPF factor will rate how well the cream will protect your skin from harmful rays. For instance, if you use a sunscreen of SPF 15, it means that you can be safe in the sun for a minimum of 2 hours. Also, if you’re in the pool or sweat often get the right sunscreen accordingly. According to WebMd, SPF 15 can filter 93% of the UVB rays and SPF 30 can filter 97% of the UVB rays.

  1.    Application

Most of us need one ounce of sunscreen to protect the exposed areas of our bodies adequately. So use a generous amount and rub the sunscreen thoroughly on your skin. Remember to apply it to your ears, neck, eyes, and feet. Also use an SPF added lip balm to protect your lips. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours after swimming, excessive sweating and if you’ve indulged in outdoor activities.

  1.    Apply it with makeup

You might use products from foundations to moisturizers in your routine. So it will be tempting to skip sunscreen as some of the products you use may contain SPF. But, you should not avoid it as you won’t get enough protection from such products. Apply sunscreen on your face after you have applied a serum and moisturizer. Check out this list of top 5 vitamin c serum of 2016 for pointers on choosing the right serum for your skin.

Wait for 10 minutes before you use makeup. Do visit fixyourskin.com to get more advice on skincare.

  1.   Protection for your scalp

Most people are so focused on protecting their skin that they forget about the scalp area. Shielding your scalp with an umbrella or a hat won’t do. Combine 1 tablespoon of SPF lotion or cream into half cup of water and stir well until the cream is dissolved. Pour the contents into a spray bottle and spray it onto your hair and scalp 30 minutes before you go outside. This procedure will protect you from scalp burn.

  1.     Food

Apart from applying creams, certain foods will help to guard your skin against damaging sun rays. Even though fruits and vegetables cannot be substituted for a sun block, having healthy food can protect your skin from within. Have citrus fruits, green tea, carrots, nuts, and green leafy vegetables all of which are rich in essential vitamins and minerals which can provide inner protection.

Also, check out this infographic to know about the importance of vitamins for healthy skin.

 

Other tips

  •   Always get a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 or higher.
  •    If possible avoid going out between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. as the sun rays are strongest during those hours
  •    Apply sunscreen half an hour before going outside
  •    Toss out expired sunscreen
  •    Protect babies by keeping them out of sun altogether during the peak hours
  •    Encourage your kids to put on sunscreen designed for their skin
  •    Wear sunglasses as UV radiations can damage your eyes and may also lead to cataracts
  •    Tanning booths or beds emit large doses of radiation. Avoid them and use tan-building lotions to get the tan you want.
  •  If you have to be outside during the sunny hours, wear loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants. Also, keep in mind that dark-colored clothing offers more protection than light-colored ones.

 

Excess sun exposure is linked to skin cancer, and you have to avoid staying outside without sunscreen. If you’re going to be outside for longer than 15 minutes, you must definitely use sunscreen. Your skin is exposed to UV radiations the moment you go outside. So whether you’re on vacation or going for a casual walk on cloudy days remember to use sunscreen.

Author Bio:-

Hello, Sarah, here from FixYourSkin.com! I have a lot of experience with skin health and have written several articles that have been published. FixYourSkin has a lot of tips, health advice and DIY recipes which can give you great looking skin without any side effects!

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