Summer season is finally here. Trips to exotic places, long walks on the beach and general happiness, we have waited for this time the whole year. Sun, we welcome you back into our lives.
However, the Sun does much more than carving smiles on our faces and reminding us how joyful life can be. One thing we must keep in mind is that the Sun is dangerous for our skin. And now, that summer has begun, open season on our wellbeing starts.
I am dramatizing too much, true, but I am serious with my claims that sun can get dangerous. Exposure to sun’s UV rays can damage your skin beyond repair. Skin cancer, for example, is one of the permanent damages of UV rays.
But there is no need for mass hysteria. Sun is no mean a murder machine on a hunt for humankind. It is our friend and life giver. None of my friends are note-perfect. And my buddy since day one, the Sun, is no exception.
There are multiple ways of protecting your protection from the sun. Some of them are a no-brainer, whereas some might strike you as a surprise. Without further ado, here is how you can protect your skin from the sun.
The first choice is the most obvious one. But I cannot stress enough the importance of sunscreen. You should use it every day. Even if the clouds have graced the sky.
The safest way to handle sunscreen is to apply it 15-20 minutes before you leave the house. I must admit that I am guilty of not abiding by that rule. Not whenever I leave the house, that is. But to make myself up, I always carry a sunscreen bottle in my bag.
When shopping for sunscreen, pay attention to its SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Never settle for less than 30. Bald men should be particularly cautious during sunny days. While others protect their scalp with hair, they must apply sunscreen to that area or wear a hat at all times.
Some lotions and other makeup contain sunscreen in them. Keep an eye on those products. The SPF in should be at least 15.
Sun Protective Clothes
Why only rely on sunscreen only when you can add another layer of protection? These days some clothes come with UPF (Ultra-Violet Protection Factor). They turn your body into a fortress against all damages the Sun can cause.
Wide-brimmed hats are a classic wear for this time of year. They look fabulous but also protect your head from UV rays. Choose a hat that’s at least four inches wide. It will protect not only the scalp but the ears as well. Skin cancer tends to develop on those areas, and the burns hurt like hell.
Sunglasses look cool, sure, but that shouldn’t be the only reason to wear them. The ideal sunglasses have large frames. They should cover the skin around your eyes. Also, check if your glasses have polarized lenses with UV filters.
But some glasses are tricky. What I mean with that is, not all sunglasses have protective value. Restrain yourself from buying anything reflective – glasses with mirrors, for example. They look mesmerizing, but they bounce UV light onto the cheeks.
We don’t think about this one very often, but our meals have protective value as well. Diet is a crucial way of adapting to our external environment. Some foods can provide internal protection from UV lights.
Our bodies produce an enzyme that repairs UV-damaged skin. This enzyme has a daily cycle of production. Irregular and unusual meals alter their production. So, instead of grabbing a midnight snack, opt for one of these foods.
Foods that accelerate the production of the enzyme are:
• Leafy greens (for example, kale, spinach, and cabbage)
• Green tea
With these practices and a little mindfulness, you can have the summer of your dreams!