Staying out of the sun is the best way to avoid sun damage. Sunscreen, protective clothing, and avoiding direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day are all recommended precautions.
What are the dangers of sun exposure?
Sunburn is the most obvious risk of overexposure to the sun. Sunburned skin’s cells and blood vessels have been damaged, which can be seen under a powerful microscope. Sun damage causes the skin to become brittle, wrinkled, discolored, and leathery. While the skin appears stronger, it has been weakened, making it more vulnerable to bruises.
On the other hand, the sun poses the greatest danger because it is the leading cause of skin cancer, which is now the most common of all cancers. Most skin cancers, according to doctors, can be avoided by avoiding sun exposure.
Does the sun have benefits?
Because vitamin D isn’t found naturally in most foods, you may have been taught that your body needs sunlight to make it. However, vitamin D is now added to many foods during the manufacturing process. As a result, sun exposure is no longer as critical for the body’s vitamin D supply as it once was. Being outside, of course, makes most people happy.
How to avoid the harmful effects of the sun?
The best way to avoid sun damage is to stay out of the sun, but most of us go outside regularly. So, when you go outside, remember to take the following precautions:
- Wear sunscreen at all times. Every day, apply it to your skin. Make it a routine, just like brushing your teeth.
- Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., stay out of the sun. During this time, the ultraviolet rays that cause sunburn are at their strongest.
- Put on some protective gear. When you do go outside, especially for extended periods during the day. Long-sleeved shirts and slacks, as well as a wide-brimmed hat, can help shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
- Sunglasses that block UV rays should be worn.
What is SPF in sunscreen?
The sun protection factor (SPF) is a measurement of how well your skin protects you from the sun. The SPF number indicates how well the product will protect you from UVB rays, which are the sun’s burning rays. (Ultraviolet “A” rays, or UVA, are also absorbed by most sunscreens.) The higher the SPF number, the more protection you’ll get. Everyone should use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. SPFs of 45 or higher are found in many of the new sunscreens.
Can I use sunscreen with a low SPF if I don’t burn very often?
The answer would be “yes” if you were only trying to avoid getting sunburned. However, sunburn prevention is not the most important reason to use sunscreen. You want to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Whether or not you see a burn, constant sun exposure can harm your skin. Remember that sunburn is a one-time occurrence, but sun damage lasts a lifetime. If you have had skin cancer or pre-cancer, an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended.
Who should use sunscreen?
Sunscreen should be worn by anyone who spends time outside. This includes the following:
- Men, women, and children.
- People who tan easily and those who don’t.
- Fair-skinned and dark-skinned people.
- Sunbathers, gardeners, and skiers who already have a tan.
Are all the different types of sunscreens safe for me to use?
Yes. Organic (“chemical”) and inorganic sunscreens are the two types (“physical”). Both are safe and will protect you from sun damage, but in different ways. The level of protection provided by both types of sunscreens is determined by their SPF. Organic sunscreen absorption into the skin has recently been studied, and no harmful effects have been discovered. If absorption into the skin is an issue, inorganic sunscreens containing Titanium dioxide or Zinc oxide are a good choice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Are sunscreens safe for children?
Yes, indeed. Sunscreens are not only safe for children over the age of six months, but they can also prevent skin cancer from developing later in life if used regularly during childhood. According to a recent study, if children routinely used sunscreens through 18, there would be a 72 percent reduction in skin cancer cases later in life.
Protective clothing and shade should be used for children under the age of six months. If none of these options are available, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends applying a small amount of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to the infant’s face and back of hands.
How should sunscreen be applied?
When used correctly, sunscreens are very effective. To give yourself the best protection, follow these guidelines:
Apply sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before going outside, or whenever you will be exposed for more than 30 minutes.
Even if the product says “all-day,” reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when you’re outside. Reapply sunscreen more frequently if you get wet or sweat a lot.
Cover your ears, lips, face, and the backs of your hands, as well as any other exposed areas.
Women should wear sunscreen under their makeup. If you wait until you get to the beach to apply sunscreen, you may already be sweating, and moisture reduces the effectiveness of sunscreens.
Should I skip sunscreen if I have sensitive skin?
Some sunscreens contain ingredients that can cause skin irritation. If you know you’re allergic to certain ingredients, double-check the ingredients on the label. You can also ask your dermatologist for a sunscreen recommendation.
However, it’s possible that the sunscreen doesn’t cause the reaction. Perfumes, certain medications, and soaps, among other products that come into contact with your skin, may make your skin more sensitive. Before you stop using sunscreen, think about the products you’ve been using (especially new products) and stop using them one by one. Consult your doctor or local pharmacist if you have any questions about the side effects of a medication you’re taking.