Getting a nice tan at the beach sure feels like something to look forward to during summer. But truth be told, sunrays do your skin more harm than good. The UVA, UVB, and UVC rays from the sun are the main culprits in the breakdown of collagen and elastin, a fiber found in the skin. When elastin is broken down, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes vulnerable to tearing and bruising. Wrinkles, freckles, and skin discoloration can also result when you expose your skin to the sun for too long.
We’ve compiled a few simple tips to help you protect your skin this summer. Give them a read below.
Dress for Protection
Summer weather can very much inspire you to reveal more and more skin with your outfits. But don’t fall for it. It is safer to hide your skin from the glaring sun rays. If you must go outdoors on a sunny day, incorporate light but long-sleeved dresses into your attire. Long pants won’t be a bad idea either. Simply ensure that no matter your style, you can keep your delicate skin away from the sun.
If your budget can cover clothing with ultraviolet protection factors, go for them. These outfits can block up to 98% of the UV rays the sun throws at you.
On a sunny day, no one will bother checking if a hat goes well with your outfit. Always protect your scalp, your face, and the areas around your ears and neck with a wide-brimmed hat. Don’t worry there are hundreds of elegant options out you can choose from to match your class.
One Bottle of Sunscreen for Each Bag
Absolutely. Except you go out with the same bag every day, saving a bottle of sunscreen in each of your handbags ensures that you never forget to protect yourself. Don’t forget, if it’s not SPF 30 and above, then it’s no protection at all. Double the Sunscreen. Of course, you shouldn’t forget to apply your sunscreen every two hours you stay in the sun. Use creams, facials, and cosmetics with sun protection factors of 30 and above. Your foundation, lip gloss, and primer should not be left out as well.
Broaden the Shades
You can protect your eyes from the sun without losing your charm by using wider sunshades. Wrap-around sunglasses are even more effective in preventing rays from finding their way to your eyes. Also go for lenses that are polarized and have UV filters of up to 98% efficiency. Steer clear from reflective shades.
Be Mindful of Reflective Surfaces
A sunny weekend passes as an ideal time to relax at the beach right? Not exactly what your skin would think. Sand and water reflect sun rays; you can quickly get sunburned when you stay too close to them on a sunny day.
Avoid the Midday Sun
The sun’s UV index is usually higher a few hours before and after mid-day. As much as possible, stay away from the sun from 10 am up until 4 pm. And get shaded if you must be outdoors at those times.