Do you find the summer tan sexy and attractive? On the outside, a tan may look quite appealing, but on the inside, your skin has suffered damage due to ultraviolet radiation. Doesn’t sound too sexy now, does it?
Summer is a time for pool dips, beach-side activities, picnics, trips, vacations and a lot of fun. But when the UVA and UVB rays come attacking, it’s time to get those sun-shields out. The onset of summer ushers in a host of sunscreen advertisements and store shelves start overflowing with every brand of sunscreen.
So, what are you using this summer to protect your skin from the sun?
Sun Exposure – Harmful or Useful?
Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D; however, studies have proved that 15 – 30 minutes in the early morning sun is a good daily dosage of Vitamin D. Also, enjoying the outdoor environment during summer is quite healthy for your mind and body; however, without sunscreen, you are only causing harm to your body.
Exposure to the sun and its harmful ultraviolet radiation without sunscreen can lead to:
- Skin Burns
- Premature Ageing
- Skin Cancer
So what would you rather choose – healthy skin or an attractive tan? That tan has started to sound even less sexy.
There are many people who are aware of the harmful effects of not wearing sunscreen and yet do not feel the need to make sunblock a part of their summer wardrobe. If you are one of those people, we’ll give you many more reasons to start trusting the powerful properties of lotion in a bottle.
What are UVA and UVB?
UV or Ultraviolet Radiation is light from the sun which reaches the earth and is invisible to the naked eye. UVA light waves cause skin aging, long lasting skin damage and skin cancer. UVB causes sun burns and skin cancer. Hence, both these UV rays are very harmful to your skin.
What Are Sunscreens?
Sunscreens are cosmetic products that are made of several ingredients which act as a shield between your skin and UV radiation. They protect your skin from tanning, aging, burning, skin cancer and other skin troubles.
What is SPF?
SPF or Sun Protection Factor measures the ability of your sunscreen to shield your skin from UV damage. For example, if your sunscreen reads as SPF 15, it means that your skin is safe from the sun for about 5 hours. The greater the SPF, the greater protection your skin receives.
Other Benefits of Sunscreen
Besides preventing skin cancer, sunscreens are also beneficial to avoid skin pigmentation, wrinkles, freckles, acne, discoloration and other problems triggered due to sun exposure.
There are no excuses now as to why you shouldn’t make sunscreen your best friend during summer. Are you convinced of the benefits of sunscreen?
Tips For Using Sunscreen
- Sunscreen is beneficial for men, women, teenagers and children of all ages.
- When choosing a sunscreen, choose one which ensures protection from both UVA and UVB rays with SPF 15 or higher.
- Sunscreens should be applied 15 – 30 minutes before stepping out.
- Reapply sunscreen every 3 hours.
- Use complementary items like hats and sunglasses along with your sunscreen for further protection.
- Avoid stepping out in the sun from 11 am to 2 pm as the sun’s rays are the strongest at this time of the day.
- People with dark skin need sunscreen too because it’s not only about avoiding a tan, it is also about protecting your skin from long lasting damage.
The greatest misconception is that sunscreen is beneficial only during summer. It’s a given that the sun is at its harshest during summer; however, the ultraviolet radiation during the other seasons is reduced only by about 20%. You are still at the receiving end during spring, fall and winter. Therefore, never ever breakup with a bottle of sunscreen (for your own good).