Everyone loves a healthy glow in the summer, but did you know that tanned skin is actually damaged skin? And after all, years of getting too much sun can cause early age spots and wrinkles, but most importantly, it can cause skin cancer. Therefore, protecting your skin from deadly UVA rays become an absolute priority during the summer.
However, sunscreen can’t protect us 100% from both UVB and UVA rays. We mistakenly buy higher sun protection factor (SPF) and think it means we are now safe from the UVA rays, but that’s not the case.
SPF only refers to UVB rays, the ones that cause sunburn. UVA rays, on the other hand, are much more dangerous and can penetrate skin more deeply and cause premature aging and even cancer. So buying a sunscreen with high SPF will not completely protect you from UVB rays. You need to do more for your skin!
1. First of all, avoid sun at all causes between 10 am and 4 pm when the UVB rays are the strongest.
2. It’s not enough to apply sunscreen just on your face. You need to protect your ears, lips, forearms, décolletage and hands as well. These areas are particularly sensitive to UVA rays and will not only who signs of aging quickly, but are also vulnerable to the development of cancerous tumors.
3. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours as the effect wears off over time. It can last even shorter if you go into the water or sweat. Also, don’t rely too much on the “waterproof” sunscreen as they can wear off in less than 30 minutes or just rub off when using a towel.
4. Never think that the shade is a safe place for your skin. Even though it’s better to spend your time in shades, UVA rays can reach you everywhere and they can even penetrate umbrellas. You have to understand that UVA rays can bounce off water, sand and other reflective surfaces. So without a proper sunscreen applied on your skin, you are not safe!
5. Although SPF 50 or even 100 sounds like an awesome protection, in reality SPF of 30 is enough to protect 97% of harmful UV rays. And while SPF 100 blocks 99%, it can cost twice as much. Therefore, it’s better to purchase more sunscreen with SPF 30 and apply it every 2 hours, than to spend a lot of cash and try to use 1 expensive sunscreen the whole summer.
6. When you are outside, always wear clothes with fabrics that provide extra sun protection. Sunglasses, hats, pants, long-sleeved shirts (lightweight) and basically anything that covers your skin is more than welcomed.
7. Apply sunscreen when you are indoors as glass window can only protect against UVB rays, but can’t stop deadly UVA rays. And let’s remember, UVA rays are the deadly ones, and they suppress our immune system and cause brown spots and wrinkles. UVA rays also penetrate car windows and windshields.
8. And finally, when you get sunburned don’t panic! Treat your burns with moisturizers, cool baths, hydrocortisone creams and you can even use ibuprofen or aspirin. However, if you experience fever, chills or headache, go to your doctor straight away as you may suffer from heatstroke.
Sun is not our enemy and we need to spend some outside to get vitamin D. However, its UVA rays are the ones responsible for many health problems, including skin cancer. Therefore, during the summer it’s crucial to protect our skin at all causes. Try avoiding the sun when it’s the strongest and always make sure to apply sunscreen on your entire body.
To make sure your skin is well hydrated during summer, we recommend Regime London Hyaluronic Acid available at Superdrug.