It is summer. Going out in the beach and having that bronzy tan skin is just something that most people aim for summer. Feeling the sun’s heat is really a blast with your favorite cool drink while sun-bathing. However, after that, you may have to go and have that overhaul to all the damages the sun has brought to your skin. The ozone layer (the layer out of the earth’s surface that serves as barrier against sun’s heat) has become very thin at this point such that it is less capable on protecting the earth from direct sun’s heat which is very dangerous.
You may not know it but that bronzy tan color of your skin is actually the first obvious sign of skin damage. Our body produces a dark pigment called melanin that serves as a partial sunscreen against further damage on your skin cells. After that, you start to feel the so-called post sunburn peel. Your skin starts to peel off as damaged cells are shed out to your body due to your immune system. You may notice that the skin replacing your burnt skin cells are different which is thinner or more sensitive. You may have to study the layers of your skin to understand everything but basically, that is how our body repairs itself which would normally take a long time and before we knew it another damage takes place that makes it more difficult to cure. This would result to wrinkling or sagging of the skin.
By age 30, if you haven’t done anything to turn around the damage-repair imbalance in your skin, wrinkles and sagging of skin will worsen. What to do know is to prevent new or further damage to your skin. Skin cancer is considered the most common cancer in the United States. If you don’t protect yourself, it can happen to you too. That doesn’t mean you should just keep yourself in your house everyday and act like a vampire that could only go out at night. What is suggested is to protect yourself as you expose your skin to the sun. Wear sunscreen all year round when you go out the day even in winter or cloudy days. Apply sunscreen that can protect you from both UVA and UVB and those with at least SPF 15. For those who are fair skinned, you might consider using products with Zinc oxide or Titanium Oxide which can block UV light and stay chalky on skin. As much as possible, avoid the sun between 10am up to 3pm in which sun’s heat is very high.
Just some facts that might help you; trees may block sun rays but not the UV light it release in which makes you unsafe even under trees such that sunscreen is the best skin protection. Your clothes on the average have a maximum of SPF 10 which can only protect your skin for around 10 minutes under direct sun exposure. Now that you know the risks, you can always care for your skin with proper diet and hydration. Those fruits and vegetables never fails to bring that glow-looking skin on you.