It’s Summer, Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage
Sunscreen products may give you a false sense of security.
Many believe the higher Sun protection factor (SPF) number gives greater protection against UVA or UVB light.
The 1st challenge is most products protect against UVB light, responsible for Vitamin D production, but not UVA light that tends to be most responsible for DNA damage and skin cancers.
UVB radiation is responsible for causing your skin to tan and burn. Because you do not burn as easily wearing sunscreen, you may be tempted to prolong the time you sit under the rays of the Sun, increasing your risk of skin damage from UVA light, which can penetrate deeper.
A product with an SPF of 30 will theoretically filter 97% of the UVB rays for 2 hours.
Hypothetically, a higher SPF would block more of the Sun’s UVB rays, but no sunscreen will block 100%. And remember that the SPF has little to do with the ability of the product to filter UVA light. If the product protects against UVB but not UVA, there is a higher likelihood you will be protected against burning but not against other forms of Sun damage.
Sunscreens with a higher SPF also require more chemicals to achieve the intended result.
Many could pose a health risk when they are absorbed through the skin, potentially causing tissue damage and/or disrupting your hormonal balance. Because you do not experience better protection with higher SPF numbers, it’s best to stick with SPF 30 if you choose to use sunscreen.
Eating a nutrient-rich diet may reduce the potential for sunburn but will not protect you during long periods in the Sun or if you are at higher risk for a sunburn. In these situations, add another layer of protection for your skin. Clothing is one of the safest and most effective strategies.
Experts recommend to protect face and eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or cap.
The skin around the eyes is thinner than on other parts of your body and more at risk for cosmetic damage and premature wrinkling. If you plan on being outside for any length of time, bring a long-sleeved shirt or cover-up, and sit in the shade as often as possible.
Limit initial exposure to the Sun and slowly increase your time.
If you are a light-skinned individual who tends to burn easily, limit your initial exposure to a few minutes, especially in the middle of Summer. The more tanned your skin, the longer you can stay in the Sun. Moisturize your skin with coconut oil. It has both natural UV protection and metabolic benefits.
When making a choice about your sunscreen, consider the chemicals used to manufacture the products.
The safest and most effective choice for sunscreen protection is zinc oxide, as it blocks both UVA and UVB light.22 Avoid nano versions however, to circumvent potential toxicity.
Before you reach for a chemical concoction or over-the-counter painkiller to treat your accidental overexposure to the Sun, reach for Natural remedies that do not come with side effect warnings or cautions.
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