It’s summertime, and the sun is beautifully shining. People are doing exciting and fun things outside, and you too desire to do it! Right? Of course, it’s the truth and who does not want to enjoy summers. But do you know that apart from providing Vitamin D, the sun may too harm your skin? Yes, you read it right. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. Which further may lead to various types of skin cancer. But hopefully, some of these diseases can be treated. But as well said, preventions are always better than cure. Here’s what to do to protect your skin.
When it comes to sun protection, figuring out the most efficient tactics can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, below are some of the few things that you can practice to protect your skin from sun exposure. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this summer by implementing these few notes.
Avoid the sun at noontime
The most excellent way to prevent sunburn and protect your skin is to avoid sun exposure. Since you desire to spend your time enjoying the beaches having sunbathed you need to know which time is the best. So keep in mind that during the middle hours of the day (from noon till 2 pm) solar radiation is at its peak. So it is essential to evade exposure at this time. And in case if you are outside, then it is advised to find a shade and protect yourself properly.
Apart from this, you can also use a simple method of calculating UV exposure- the shadow rule. If it seems that shadow appears longer than you, then the UV exposure is low, if shorter, it means it is high. This rule may seem funny to you, but it actually works, and most people are aware of it.
Say no to sunscreen
This may sound weird to you. But Yes, you read it right! According to the American Cancer Society, exposure to UV radiation that comes from sunlight is a major risk factor for most utmost skin cancers. No matter what your skin color is, it is necessary for you to defend your skin from UV radiation. And applying sunscreen may further make a difference as it may cause malabsorption, allergies to skin, etc. But if not sunscreen, then what? According to the experts, you can use Sunscreen Alternative – A Patch To Replace Your Sunblock, this includes natural sunscreen alternatives. Research has found that using Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, may act as natural sunscreen alternatives and shows the best results.
Also, they do not have any negative impact on the skin and are best for all skin types. So instead of using sunscreen, try alternatives that are natural, harmless and non-toxic to your skin.
Improve your diet and add nutrients to it
This may appear like a bit of an odd idea for defending you from the sun, but a healthier diet can actually reduce your chances of heating swiftly. Research has found that nutrients named as phytochemicals can improve skin’s strength to ward off damage.
Here are some of the few skin protection foods that can actually make a huge difference in protecting your skin from the sun.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that fight off free radicals that can harm skin due to sun exposure. Also, they are a very stable source of vitamin C, that helps in fighting wrinkles.
Nuts and seeds are the perfect sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Since our bodies can’t create omega-3s, we must get them from our diet. It helps in maintaining the integrity of the skin and shows anti-inflammatory responses.
When it comes to veggies and greens, Cauliflower is the best. They contain powerful antioxidants that help combat off oxidative stress from free radicals.
Apart from this, it is also important for you to keep your body hydrated. So it is recommended to drink at least 4-5 liters of water during summers. This will not only protect your body from sunburns but will also protect you from various heat strokes.
Wear sunglasses when going outside
Normal eyes generally do have more sensitivity to the sun’s rays, so it is suggested to wear sunglasses whenever you go outside.
Sun damage to the eyes can create cataracts, which further may block your eyesight or vision. So make sure you obtain 99 or 100% UVA and UVB protection glasses that cover your eyes perfectly, to assure complete protection. You can look for deals on sunglasses throughout the off-season, and stock up on extra pairs of sunglasses during sales. Doing this will not only protect you from harmful sun rays but will also create a sense of fashion and style.
Think about your clothing
Long-sleeved shirts, lengthy pants, can defend you from ultraviolet radiation. Tightly spun cloths offer the most desirable protection. A wet T-shirt provides more limited UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors defend more than lighter ones. Some clothing endorsed under universal standards is specially built to give UV protection.
If wearing this type of clothing isn’t possible, try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Keep in mind that a regular T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.
Make healthy lifestyle choices
Maintain healthy skin by not smoking. Smoking generally destroys the levels of collagen and elastin in your skin. Apart from this, treat your skin smoothly by applying gentle soaps and regular moisturizers. Avoid hot baths as this can remove vital oils from your skin. Also, pat dry after bathing to maintain moisture in your skin. Consume a nutritious diet as mentioned above, and drink plenty of water. Also, engage yourself in stress-reducing activity, and get proper naps and rest.
Adopting these notes to protect your skin can significantly make a huge difference in your life. Also, you will then be able to enjoy the summer more perfectly. So be safe and all the best for your summers.
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