Since summer is nearing, one of the best things about women’s health care we could offer would certainly be protecting our fragile skins from the scorching heat of our hot sun. Protecting the skin, however, does not begin and end during the hot summer days. Taking care of our skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is a year-round process.
Since we do not have doctoral degrees in chemistry, we prove to be oblivious to the many ingredients written on the varying sunblocks and sunscreens cramming the shelves of our favorite grocery and department stores. However, we must make it to a point that we choose the correct sunscreen protection not only when heading to the beach but every single day.
The earth’s protective layer, the ozone, is thinning as days pass and the sun’s heat is getting more intense. The ultraviolet rays causing skin damages and diseases like sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer are more dangerous than ever.
Lighter skins are more likely to get damaged from the UV rays. However, dark-skinned people are not invincible to the harmful effects of the solar radiation. Moreover, people with many moles or freckles, have a family history of skin cancer, reside at high altitudes, have autoimmune diseases like lupus or have had an organ transplant, or take oral contraceptives and certain medications have higher risk.
First of all, we must be able to choose the right sunscreen. Choose the ones labelled with “broad-spectrum”. These sunscreens block both UVB and UVA rays. Also, do not merely rely on the SPF figures. It only deals with UVB protection. Choose at least SPF 15, but the higher would always be the better. Though more expensive, it is always worth the cost. Also opt for sunblocks more than sunscreens. Sunblocks provide a physical barrier between the skin and the UV rays though it may feel heavier.
As much as possible, avoid having your skin in contact with the sun’s rays especially when it is at its peak. Prevention is always better than any form of protection or cure. Stay on the shade and indoors especially when it is very hot outside. The sun is usually damaging by ten in the morning until four in the afternoon. If you are unsure if the sun’s intensity is too much, do the shadow test. If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
Also, drink plenty of water. Not only would it keep you well hydrated but also keep your skin moisturized. Drinking water would forever be a good idea. Aside from protecting you from the damaging heat, it also has a number of health benefits.
Also, cover up. Even a single layer of clothing could help protect your skin. It would always be best to take every means to get protected. It is better safe than sorry.
Opt for wide brim hats. They would protect your face, neck, ears, eyes and scalp.
Yes, we get Vitamin D from the sun but when it is at its hottest point, it would be a foe that would give us the most serious diseases.