How Well Protected is Your Skin from Sun Damage?

There are many things in play in protecting the skin against the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. How well is your skin’s protection would depend on how you apply your sunscreen, what you feed your body with as well as your lifestyle. Here are some tips to boost skin protection and minimise your risk of getting sunburns, wrinkles, fine lines and the dreaded skin cancer.

Check Your Over the Counter Pain Reliever
Often times we would take over the counter pain reliever to relieve aching muscles but did you know that this popping habit can actually cause sun damage? Certain pain medications actually contain chemicals that may react with light particles that can make the skin more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. Other medications that can make the skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays include certain antibiotics, topical retinoids, anti-depressants, contraceptives and diuretics. The best thing to do is consult your doctor and ask them about potential side effects of the medications you are taking. You may also ask for pain medications that are relatively sun-safe or less photosensitive prescription meds. A good precaution to practice is to reapply sunscreen at least after every couple of hours or after sweaating a lot.

Double Coat on Specific Skin Areas
You probably already know that you only would need about a shot glass full of sunscreen to cover your entire skin. However skin doctors advise that you double coat on skin areas that tend to get burns easily and these are the nose, hands, tops of the feet, ears as well as the lips.

Check Out New Labels
The U.S. Food and Drug Authority released a new mandate for sunscreen labels which took effect last June 18. Check out its SPF level, its water resistance (the label should indicate the length of minutes of its protection) and if it offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Skin doctors recommend the use of sunscreen having at least an SPF 30 and one that is water resistant even when you won’t be hitting the waters.

Practice Habits that Help Control Sun Damage
You should be aware that just being under the sun for 10 minutes without protection can result to damage which can last for 3 days. There are ways for you to help the skin repair damage faster. Make it a habit to care for your skin at night time and in your night time regimen make use of skin products packed with antioxidants such as Vitamin E and other nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties to help the skin in its healing process. The Moroccan Argan oil is one great product to include in your day and night skin care regimen. The oil is packed with Vitamin E and other antioxidants such as Carotenoids, Ferulic acid and Polyphenols. Nutrients in Argan oil that have anti-inflammatory properties are Vitamin E, Sterols and Prostaglandins.

Eat Foods Packed with Antioxidants
Antioxidants can greatly prevent skin from getting damaged by UV light. Be sure to include in your meals foods packed with antioxidants such as spinach, tomatoes, kiwis, and walnuts. Dark chocolates are also great in keeping the skin protected as they contain flavanoids!

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