Preventative Skin Care for Sunny Climates

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Living in a sunny climate can be an absolute blessing, but it can also take a serious toll on your skin. Not only are there health dangers associated with too much sun exposure, but it can also cause heavy wrinkling and premature aging of the skin. There are ways to combat this though, and if you’re in an area constantly bathed in sunlight, then these tips might help you save your hide.

Search for Shade

One of the most valuable ways of protecting your skin is by finding a souBeauty Treatments Offered By a Beauty Salonrce of shade from the sun. But not all shade is equally protective against harmful UV rays. While hiding under a tree might seem like a great defense, it usually only offers limited protection, as sparse branches let ample amounts of UV rays pass through. Hats are the most beneficial clothing for sun protection, as they cover the most susceptible part of the body, the face. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat on a sunny day is a great way to protect your skin.

While not as protective as hats, umbrellas also offer a great defense against the sun’s harmful rays. Protection factors of umbrellas can range greatly, though, so be sure to find one with the best SPF and UPF factors. Also be careful of bringing a sun umbrella to the water, as while it may protect from the rays above, the reflection off of the water can be just as harmful.

Pour it On Thick

Sunscreen is another great defense against the sun. It’s important to choose the right one, though. Search for a sunscreen that contains a high SPF factor. While previously sunscreens were only available up to SPF 30, they now come with factors of over 100, allowing you to find one that will provide a healthy defense. Also important is the notion of broad-spectrum UV protection. The Skin Cancer foundation recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen, or one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays from the skin.

Stay Inside

Truly the best defense against the sun’s damaging rays is staying out of their reach. Limiting your sun exposure can sharply decrease your risk of skin cancer, and can prevent any other damage caused by the sun’s rays. The National Library of Medicine states that the sun’s rays are strongest from 10 AM to 4 PM, and sun exposure between those times should be limited or nonexistent.

Forget About Tanning

If you do happen to live in one of the sunnier climates, it’s important to remember that while a summer tan might sound appealing, it is really just an invitation for the sun to cause damage to your skin. The National Institute of Health posits that a “healthy tan” does not exist; any color changes in your skin can be a sign of premature aging and increased risk of skin cancer. If you do find yourself stricken with sunburn, taking steps to remedy it can help protect your skin. Apply aloe vera or cortisone cream on the affected area, and keep it away from the sun until it heals completely.

Protect Yourself

While the sun might provide life to everything around, it’s important to understand the factors surrounding sun exposure in order to protect your skin and keep it healthy.

 

This piece was contributed by Samantha Greenbaum,  weekend hiker avid gardener, and health nut. Samantha writes on behalf of Genesis Biosystems who offers high quality microdermabrasion equipment that’ll have you looking and feeling refreshed, day in and day out.

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