Summer time is a perfect opportunity to get outside.
Sun exposure is important as it helps boost immunity and protect against bone loss.
Have you ever heard that vitamin D makes you happy? Turns out, more and more researchers believe this to be true. And guess what happens to be the world’s most abundant source of this vitamin D? The sun – how convenient!
Not only do we mentally crave the sun’s vitamin D, but we also physically need it. Without the sun throwing some of this vital vitamin our way, we would get sick. It seems like the perfect excuse to go out and work on that base tan.
The only issue: We all know too much of the sun’s rays can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and worse of all, ski cancer. So how do we satisfy our need for vitamin D as well as our desire to get a healthy-looking glow without having it backfire at us? This is an alarming fact, considering what little we actually know about sun safety and how our protection from the sun is inherently flawed. Here are some important sun safety tips about what you can do to protect your skin and even safe your life.
First and foremost advise to tan safely is that we only need a small amount of sun exposure to satisfy that vitamin D requirement. Head outside to your chaise lounge to catch some ray any time before 11 am and any time after 2 pm, when the UVB and UVA rays are at lower intensity than mid-day sunlight. Photo-aging is a process by which harmful UVA and UVB rays cause wrinkling and blotchy pigmentation and turn your skin cells into cancer cells. UVA is a type of radiation that does not cause sunburn, but it’s the one most closely linked to the deadly skin cancer, melanoma. SPF only covers UBB, so even a high SPF is not good enough- you need to look for a sunscreen that covers both UVB and UVA. Another important tip is to wear this sunscreen indoors too. You may not realize a lot of deadly skin cancers can occur inside the house. Even through windows on cloudy days the sun’s ultraviolet rays are extremely damaging to skin cells.
Defeat the Purpose
But then again, the problem with sunscreen goes deeper than how and when to apply it. Sunscreens can contain harsh chemicals, the kind that can actually promote toxic buildup in the body, depending on how deep the particular sunscreen penetrates the skin.
There are two active type of ingredients in sunscreen that are hazardous to your health, and they come in the form of mineral and chemical filters. Most sunscreens contain chemical filters and usually include the likes of oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Long-term use of chemical-based sunscreens and increased sun exposure can actually defeat the purpose of sunscreen to begin with. Most sunscreens contain oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin quite deeply and can cause allergic reactions or disrupt hormones or can effect reproductive and thyroid systems or if it is toxic?
One big issue with sunscreen use is that many people tend to apply it once at the beginning of the day and think they are covered until sun sets. But with sweat, swimming, and the constant subconscious touching of our face, it can easily wipe off. If any of these are factors for you, make sure you reapply your sunscreen often.
Another misconception with sunscreen is that the higher the sun protection factor, the higher the protection. But here’s an interesting catch: Any SPF over 30 is useless. Experts say those higher SPF’s are actually more irritating and heavier on the skin and don’t block out enough additional rays to be worth it.
Here are four additional tips to keep in mind for your summer skin care routine.
Start at the Root
Look for skin cleansers with labels that have a main ingredient like glycerin, a vegetable based extract that cleanses the skin without stripping its natural oil, which you need in the dry summer months. Sorbitol, olive oil, seaweed, aloe, and tea oils are all light but effective ingredients in cleansers produced should be there.
You need to incorporate this all-important step in your regimen regardless of your skin type. When you’re outside and the sun is sucking all the moisture out of your pores, it is crucial to fill’em back up! Natural oils, such as those extracted from apricots, soya beans and avocadoes, give the skin that oh-so-perfect smoothness.
Exfoliate with Care
By evening out you skin’s different tones and opening up your pores, exfoliating lifts off dead skin cells and exposes a fresh new layer of skin, making you look years younger. But with this new exposure comes increased vulnerability to sun damage – so exfoliate at night and be even more mindful of wearing sun protection in the day time.
Never later on baby oil or any products that are waxy or contain any sort of petroleum like sulfites and sulfides. This chemical, most often found in facial cleansers, is the same harsh stuff used in laundry detergents.
Eating foods like dark leafy greens, red beets, and carrots help prevent sunburns.
Don’t feel the burn
If you do get burned by the sun, could not avoid prolonged exposure, the tried and true combination of an aspirin, a cold shower, and aloe Vera applies to the skin works wonders.
Aloe Cucumber Mask
The cooling compounds of both aloe vera and cucumber make them the perfect anti-inflammatory combination to soothe and cleanse puffy, oily, or acne-prone skin.