We all get extremely excited as soon as summer approaches or the sun peeks out from behind the clouds. Nothing beats spending the entire day outside, whether it’s walking to a park, swimming in the pool, or relaxing on the front porch.
That being said, we are repeatedly reminded that sunscreen should be that important product you should be wearing every day. Also, the only one that needs to be applied every two hours on every area of skin. But, even the most careful SPF aficionados have certainly missed a spot at some point in time, resulting in sun damaged skin. Scroll through to find out the connection between sun exposure and skin damage.
The most obvious danger of too much sun is damaged skin and sunburn. Under a powerful microscope, burnt skin would show that the cells and blood vessels have been destroyed. Sun damage causes the skin to become dry, wrinkled, discoloured, and leathery. Although the skin appears thicker, it has actually been weakened and will bruise more quickly as a result.
The sun, on the other hand, is the leading cause of skin cancer, which is now the most common of all cancers. Most skin cancers, doctors believe, can be avoided by applying the right amount of broad-spectrum SPF.
A suntan is the first indication of sun damage. The next step is to get a sunburn. Sunburns are literal skin burns that turn the skin hot, red, and itchy. You might also get blisters, depending on the severity of your burn. If you burn easily in the sun, it’s time to start applying sunscreen right away.
Sunscreen can help avoid sunburn. However, the sunscreen formula you use must be appropriate for the weather, your geography, and your skin type. For example, the sunscreen you use on a daily basis may differ from the one you use while relaxing on the beach. Sunscreen with high zinc oxide is the best to protect your skin from sun exposure as it creates a physical barrier on the skin, preventing sunburn.
It is also critical to reapply sunscreen every 4 hours when you are outside. Even if you are inside, you should apply sunscreen at least twice a day. Moreover, when it comes to sunscreen, SPF is the most important factor to consider. SPF refers to a sunscreen’s capacity to block ultraviolet B radiation, which causes sunburn. Furthermore, the SPF rating compares the time it would take to get sunburned if you were not using sunscreen to the time it would take if you were wearing sunscreen. As a result, the higher the SPF, the longer it will take for your skin to burn. So, if you’re wearing SPF 50, it will take 50 times longer to burn than if you don’t.
So don’t forget: SPF = BFF!
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