The sun can do a lot of good for your body, it regulates sleep cycles, stimulates the body’s production of vitamin D and enhances feelings of well-being but there’s also a downside as exposure to sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.
In fact, sun is considered the single biggest cause of visible ageing but you don’t have to succumb to the damaging rays. Even if you haven’t been sun conscious in the past, it’s never too late to start protecting your skin from the damaging effect of the sun.
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer.
How To Use SDF
If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer), This is a rough estimate that depends on skin type, the intensity of sunlight and amount of sunscreen used.
For best protection, experts recommend using a minimum SPF sunscreen of 15, applying the proper amount and reapplying every 2 hours.
Here are other important skin care tips for sun protection.
For starters, every woman should eat a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables as they contain antioxidant compounds, which reduce the damaging effects of sunshine and also stay away from smoking also makes a difference because cigarette smoke creates huge numbers of skin-damaging molecules.
Wear Sunscreen Everyday: About 80 percent of the average person’s lifetime sun exposure is incidental—which means it occurs during daily activities, not lying on the beach. If you’re planning on being out in the sun for longer than 15 minutes, make sure to use a sunscreen with SPF 30. If you use a moisturiser, save a step and use a moisturiser with SPF.
Use a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
But the most important thing you can do is shield your skin from the sun, as long as you use sunscreen, take advantage of shade, and wear the right clothing, you can enjoy your favourite outdoor activities without worrying about the damaging rays.
One of the first areas to show signs of aging, the skin around the eyes needs extra hydration even if the rest of your face doesn’t. Sunglasses help shield the skin around your eyes from skin-aging UV rays.