A Guide to Protecting Your Skin

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Protect Your Precious Skin

A Simple Guide to Protecting Your Skin

At one time, a lot of sun exposure was thought to be healthy. But today, with the thinning of the ozone layer and increased ultraviolet light, exposure to the sun can be dangerous without proper protection. When UV rays come into contact with skin, they damage skin cells, causing freckles, wrinkles, sunburn, and even skin cancer. UVA rays, a type of UV light, penetrate the skin deeply and are primarily responsible for premature wrinkling, while UVB rays are responsible for sunburn and skin cancer.

Sunburns received during childhood greatly increase the risk of developing melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer, according to the American Melanoma Foundation. Although much of this damage doesn't show up until 20 or 30 years after the sun exposure, 80 percent of this harmful exposure is received before age 20.
Remember, It's never too early to protect the skin you're in!

Tips on How to Protect Your Skin in the Summer Sun

  • Use Sunscreen:
Make sure you wear a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen whenever outside. It takes as little as 15 minutes of sun exposure to harm the skin, so keep a bottle of sunscreen by the door at all time. Use waterproof sunscreen if you're at the pool or beach.
  • Cover Up:
Make sure you wear protective clothing and hats when you're out in the sun. Choose light colors, which don't absorb heat as much as dark colors, and loose-fitting clothing made from tightly woven fabric.
  • Always Seek Shade:
When the sun's really glaring, especially between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., try to limit your sun exposure.
  • Protecting Your Eyes:
Wrap around sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB light are best. Avoid mirrored sunglasses since they intensify the sun's rays.
  • Protect Your Lips:
Lips can never tan, but they easily burn. It's good to use protective lip balm every day and reapply it often.
  • Please Ban the Tan:
There's no such thing as a safe tan! Never use tanning beds. If you would like the look of a tan, buy sunless tanning lotion. Or, if you want a rosy glow on your face, dust your face with bronzing powder.
  • Be Very Careful:
If you notice any freckles, moles, or other skin spots that grow larger than a pencil eraser or change shape or color, visit a dermatologist. Potentially dangerous skin problems can usually be treated successfully if caught early enough.
  • Your Hands and Feet:
After a day of tramping through the grit and grime of the city, your feet deserve a treat when you get home. A scrub followed by a long soak is just what the experts recommend. Add a few drops of almond oil, coconut oil or even an essential oil to lukewarm water, followed by some drops of milk (this acts as an emulsifier to mix the water and oil). Soak both your hands and feet in this. Rock salt in warm water is another viable option.

Avoid using very hot water while washing, as this hydrates the skin further. After you do this, scrape off the dead skin with a pumice stone, followed by good moisturiser that contains salicylic acid .

Mother Nature can and will damage our skin and can cause many serious problems such as skin cancer, premature aging and more.  Itś wise to protect your skin with these simple tips for a more healthier lifestyle.

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