The sunny days are here again, and although they bring us lots of nice things, they can also be quite dangerous, especially for our skin. The sunrays are extremely strong at this time of the year, and since the weather is warmer, we usually expose a lot more of our skin than we normally do.
This can cause sun damage to our skin, which manifests in a number of different ways: lines, wrinkles, dry skin, redness, irritation, brown spots and a couple of other occurrences that are neither attractive nor healthy. If you want to prevent sun damage, here are four easy steps that should help you take care of it.
Don’t Skimp on the Sunscreen
Sunscreen can be extremely helpful when it comes to protecting your skin and minimizing visible signs of sun damage, but only if you use it correctly. If your idea of applying sunscreen is digging up a bottle you used two years ago on your summer vacation, dab a couple of drops on your face right before you leave home and then forget about it, you are unfortunately still risking sun damage to your skin.
Make sure you always use enough sunscreen and only use good-quality sunscreen that has not been sitting open for too long. Also, be aware that applying sunscreen in the morning will not protect you for the whole day; in most cases, you have to reapply it at least once every couple of hours. Keep in mind that sunscreen works best if you apply it about 30 minutes before you expose your skin to the sun, so plan accordingly.
Avoid Mid-Day Sun
The sun is the strongest from around 10 AM until around 4 PM, so this is a period during which you should avoid exposing your skin to it. Of course, this is not always possible, so if you do need to be out in the plain sun during those hours, make sure that you apply a good layer of sunscreen, cover yourself with some light clothing and seek out shade whenever possible.
Keep in mind that sun damage doesn’t only affect your skin short-term; no matter how bad and unhealthy sun burns are, they tend to go away in a few days. However, the real magnitude of sun damage will start to show over the years. If you want to avoid early aging of your skin and keep your appearance youthful for years to come, you should do your best to avoid the sun, especially when it is at its strongest.
No, this is not a fashion tip – this is a piece of advice that will help you keep the skin of your face, neck and cleavage smooth, healthy and youthful. Accessories such as hats, sunglasses or parasols are not only a great way of touching up your style; they are also extremely helpful when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun – a very good excuse to go shopping if you feel like you are not properly equipped yet!
The skin on your face is extremely sensitive and can quickly start to show signs of sun damage, so you should do your best to protect it at all times. A hat with a wide brim will also protect your neck and your cleavage, a pair of sunglasses will keep the super-sensitive skin around your eyes safe, and a parasol will help keep your whole upper body protected from the harmful sun rays.
Be Smarter than the Weather
On cooler, cloudier days, not many of us remember to wear sunscreen – we only associate sun damage with hot, sunny days. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Just because we don’t see the sun on cloudy days does not mean it is not there. The sun rays may not be visible, but they are still very active and ready to harm our skin.
Don’t let the weather fool you into thinking that you don’t need to apply your usual sunscreen or wear your favorite hat. If you truly want to prevent your skin from the signs of sun damage and keep your youthful appearance, protecting your face and body from the sun rays is an absolute must in all weather conditions. The need to apply sunscreen or cover up your skin should therefore never be a dilemma – do it no matter what the weather is like! Your skin will appreciate it and will thank you with a smooth, wrinkle-free complexion.
Sun Damage Treatments
If you notice any signs of sun damage to your skin – lines, wrinkles, dry skin, redness, irritation, or brown spots – make sure to contact us to learn more about the best treatments for sun damage.