Sunbathing is a pastime of all sun worshippers. Laying on a warm, white sandy beach with the lull of the ocean can easily put you into a comfortable, relaxed sleep. The only problem with sunbathing? Sun damage! It’s something that a lot of people forget when it comes to spending time on the beach.
Beaches are always paired with images of fun, excitement and having a great time with friends. It’s easy to forget that those gorgeous beams giving you a sun kissed look can also cause you cancer. It’s not just cancer, constant exposure to the sun can also age your skin prematurely. If you are someone who cannot bear wrinkles and patches on your face and you prefer to keep your skin as clear as possible, you need to learn how to protect your skin from the effects of the sun. There is a lot of research out there on how cancer can develop with exposure to radiation, but what can you do to stay safe this summer?
Sunscreen. Your beauty regime should always include a moisturiser with a SPF factor. Sun damage takes time to build up and if you are caring for your skin from a young age, you can avoid patches of damage on your body as well as moles and freckles developing on your skin. There are clinics like The Face Experts who can help with wrinkles and laser skin resurfacing, and these are excellent as a choice if you haven’t taken care of your skin as well as you could have. Using a lip balm that contains a sunscreen can avoid lip burns and your sunscreen should protect you from UVA and UVB radiation.
Limits. Staying in the shade and out of the sun in the peak sunshine hours of the day is one of the more effective ways of staying safe outside. Going to the beach earlier in the day or later in the afternoon will still allow you to enjoy the heat, without as much of a risk. Practicing the shadow rule is a great way of knowing what to do. If your shadow is shorter than you, head for the nearest patch of shade.
Nature. The beach isn’t the only place you can burn in the sun. Heading for the ski slopes with your sunglasses at the ready is all well and good, but you need to get your sunscreen on. Snow, water and sand all reflect the sun and you can have your risk of burning increased.
Covers. Keeping yourself covered up can really help when you want to enjoy the great outdoors. Don’t substitute clothing for sunscreen, but wear a hat that can protect your ears and scalp when you are out in the sunshine. Longer sleeves and an umbrella to sit under on the beach will also go a long way to keeping your skin safe.
There’s nothing pretty about sun damaged skin and staying sun safe is the best way you can take care of your skin.