It is hard to not enjoy the warm summer sun, whether you are spending time at the beach, exercising in the park, or just relaxing in your yard. But as nice as it feels being outdoors on a beautiful day, (even if those are fewer in the fall) you still need to be mindful of your skin and the methods of sun protection. One of the most effective ways to protect your skin from UV rays is with sunscreen.
UV rays can damage skin cells, and most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to UV light, which is radiation that comes from the sun. Protecting your skin from the sun is important for everybody, and sunscreen can be your best line of defense when you spend a lot of time beneath the summer sun. Regardless of how easily your skin tans, sunscreen will save your skin from damage by sun exposure.
Sunscreen works because of the active ingredients that help prevent UV radiation from reaching your skin. Minerals like titanium oxide and zinc oxide block and scatter UV rays before they penetrate your skin, and avobenzone and octisalate absorb UV rays before they can damage your skin.
You have likely heard the phrase SPF, but may not know exactly what it stands for or what it means. SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” and the number that follows tells you how long it would take the sun’s rays to redden your skin. For instance, SPF 30 indicates that when sunscreen is worn properly, it would take 30 times longer to burn than if you had no sunscreen on at all.
Try to allow 30 minutes to pass between applying sunscreen and going outdoors. This allows the sunscreen to bind to your skin. If you are swimming or sweating, remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours so you can be better protected from constant exposure.
Along with sunscreen, there are other ways to keep you out of the sun’s harmful rays. Take advantage of any shade, such as under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter. Wearing the right clothing will help, too. Long-sleeved shirts, as well as long pants or skirts, will cover more skin. As for your head and face, a hat with a brim that goes all the way around can protect your face and neck, and sunglasses can shield your eyes.
Keep your skin looking healthy not only for the summer, but for the rest of your life. For more information on protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, call Salus Massage Therapy & Skin Care today at (616) 534-7822. We want everyone to experience the joy, relaxation, and all the health benefits that come along with massage therapy and skin care at an affordable price, in a relaxing atmosphere, and with top-notch service.