Everyone loves the summer months and being able to go outdoors to have a good time. The only part that we don’t tend to like about the summer months is the damage that the sun can do to our skin. We use a lot of different methods to help us and to safe guard our families.
The sun’s ultraviolet waves play a huge role in causing us to get photo damage. The ultraviolet waves in the sun are present year round but we are exposed to it more often during the summer than any other time of the year. Photo damage can make us to look older and cause our skin to become wrinkled, our pores will often become larger, and sometimes we get more freckles or sagging skin.
The good news is that you can protect yourself from the harmful dangers of the sun’s ultraviolet waves by taking simple precautions. For those of you who don’t know exactly what you should do, listen up because this was meant to help you to fight the damage.
Here is a list of things that you can do to help protect your skin and make a more beautiful healthier you.
The sun protective factor (SPF) will let you know just how long that you are able to expose your protective skin to the suns UVB waves without causing your skin to become sunburned. The SPF exposure factor does not say how long you can your skin can with stand the UVA exposure. The difference between these two are, the UVB is a short wave that burns the skin and the UVA is a long wave that penetrates and causes skin damage such as dryness, wrinkles, and color damage. Keep in mind that both of these can cause skin cancer.
One of the things that help to protect your skin is sunscreen, and this has been worked into different face creams to help women and men even further with protecting their skin. Even self tanners have begun to add this into their lotions, which is great for people who like to get that extra boost of sun while protecting their skin. You can often find these products at any grocery story or pharmacy.
Drivers often do not realize that the sun is peaking down on them even though they are in a car. Research shows that people who drive will often have more UVB and UVA damage to their left side of the body, which goes to show you that damage can seep in from anywhere. UVA rays can penetrate through the glass and this is why most people have been going through the extremes to make there windows more protective. You can protect yourself by adding window film to your vehicles and even to the windows that are in your house.
Window films block out more than 99 percent of ultraviolet rays and you can usually place these on your windows by yourself or by having a profesional to do it for you. For more information on resources that you can use, you can visit Skincancer.org .
Makeup has begun to do wonders for women around the world, and I don’t mean by just making them look prettier either. Makeup has now started adding SPF into foundation, lipstick, and other types of makeup. It is still recommended that you use a form of sunscreen before applying makeup. Most women only cover certain areas of their face with makeup and the rest of it still needs protection, so make sure to use a sunscreen.
Indoor tanning should be marked off of your list of things to do to get a tan. Tanning beds have been linker to the developement of Melignant melanoma, and especially when people start using tanning beds at a young age.
Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer and is also the second most common cancer in women who are between the ages of 20-29. Tanning lamps can send out UVA and UVB rays up to 15 times stronger than the sun. This should make you think twice about tanning in a salon. Instead of using tanning beds you should try using self tanners like bronzing cream with SPF in them.
Using these tips will help you to better safe guard yourself from the harms of the suns rays and may even save your life.