Keeping your skin healthy and youthful is no easy task, day after day your skin is subjected to all kinds of damaging compounds, including UVA and UVB rays. Limited exposure to the sun is good for your body, it helps to stimulate vitamin production which benefits your body. But too much exposure can damage skin cells, causing life threatening illnesses such as cancer. If you want to keep your skin looking fresh and blemish free, consider these tips.
There are really no wrong choices when it comes to picking sunscreen, the important thing is to us it. Any company that manufacture soap (โรงงาน ผลิต สบู่ in Thai), sunscreen or any other cosmetic products will tell you that they are no wrong picks when it comes to sun cream. There are different types of sunscreens with varying levels of protection, you should pick a product based on your skin type. Consider these points when choosing sunscreen for your specific skin.
- Babies & Kids > The type of skin your child has isn’t that important when selecting sunscreen, you should go for a product which is at least SPF 30 and up. Young kids have sensitive skin which needs to be protected from the sun, no matter their colour. If your child is fair skinned, you should go for an SPF 50 to ensure maximum protection.
- Allergy Prone Skin > People who have allergies, rosacea or acne prone skin should avoid any sunscreen products which contain fragrances or preservatives. If you suffer from allergies or rosacea, you should also avoid any ingredients which contain alcohol.
- Darker Skin Tones > People with darker skin tones or skin that tans easily often think they don’t need to wear sunscreen. Although you won’t need as high a factor as a fair skinned individual, you should still opt for SPF 15 or 20.
Staying in the Shade
Did you know that UVB rays can bounce off sand, water and even concrete and damage your skin? So, if you are sitting under a thin umbrella you could still be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Staying in the shade is important, especially during the warmest times of the day, typically from 11am to 3pm. But don’t rely on the shade for full protection.
Hats & Clothing
You should always wear a hot when in the sun, it will help to protect vulnerable parts of your body such as your head, nose, cheeks and neck. Choose a hat with a brim which is at least a few inches wide, baseball caps are fine, but they don’t protect your neck.
Our clothes offer the best sun protection, darker clothing also block more rays than lighter ones. The more you cover your clothes, the better.
Most of us know that exposing your skin to the sun once adequately protected is fine for short periods. But staying in the sun without the right factor sunscreen can do serious damage to your skin, most to mention putting yourself at risk of developing skin cancer. Use the tips mentioned above to ensure you keep your skin healthy and well protected.