Getting sunshine on our skin does help in providing us with the much needed vitamin D but when we’re out under the sun for too long, we are exposing ourselves to skin damage that not only speeds up the aging process, but can also make our skin dry, dull, and even breakout in itchy, and red spots. So what exactly can you do to protect your skin against sun damage? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Wear protective covering. The sun’s rays are their harshest between the hours of 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, so unless you have some business outside, it is best to stay indoors at these times. If you’re going to be out and about, wear protective gear like hat or scarf to minimize sun exposure. It is also important to apply sunscreen before leaving the house to reduce the damage.
Moisturize your lips. Most of us focus on our skin when going out but we tend to forget that our lips need some protection too. Without protection, our lips can become dry and wrinkly which can make us look older. The best way to solve this is to apply lip balm every hour to keep your lips plump and smooth.
Keep your eyes protected. Another tip that you should always keep in mind when going out in the morning is to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. The reason behind this is that the area around the eyes is usually the first place where signs of aging can be seen. Wearing glasses that come with 99% UV protection is highly recommended as well as wide lenses for better coverage.
Reflected light can cause damage. Going under the shade of the trees or umbrellas offer minimal coverage as reflected light can still cause skin damage unless you are well protected. Keep in mind that the sun can penetrate into the water which means you need to wear sunscreen with high SPF. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen in areas such as under your chin and chest because they can also be exposed to reflected light.
Reapply sunscreen. If you will be outdoors the whole day, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every few hours. This way, you won’t have to worry about absorbing too much damage from the sun. Also, keep in mind that sunscreens are not really waterproof, sweat proof, and rub proof so you should definitely reapply when you can.
Skip sunbathing. As much as you would like to go sunbathing, especially in the summer, experts recommend that you skip this part of your summer routine. There is no “healthy tan” so to speak. Those with fair skin can’t really get tanned but rather more skin problems if they spend too much time under the sun.
By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to preserve the natural beauty of your skin. Arm yourself with the right sun protection and you will be able to keep your skin looking young for a long time.