It is common knowledge that the body needs the sun. Why? Because the sun is a great source of vitamin D that allows the body to absorb calcium and calcium in effect helps the bones and joints become stronger. Unfortunately though, the sun is not at all that good. When overexposed to the sun’s UV rays, sun exposure can cause damage to the skin, the eyes, hair, nails, and even the immune system. It is adamant then to know how to expertly handle the sun.
Know More about the Sun
- The sun gives light to the earth. Part of the light that comes from the sun is invisible ultraviolet rays (UV) that causes damage to the body. Particularly for the skin, UV rays may cause tanning, burning, and even skin cancer.
- Sunlight gives out 3 types of UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. All types are dangerous to the skin. UVA and UVB rays both pass through the ozone layer, causing skin damage such as sunburns. UVC rays are the most dangerous but are luckily being blocked by the ozone layer to enter the earth.
Protecting Skin from Sun
- One of the first sun protectors skin has is melanin. Melanin absorbs dangerous UV rays before it enters the skin causes damage. Melanin is behind one’s skin color. The fairer a person’s natural skin color is the less melanin it has to help absorb and block off UV rays. In the same manner, the darker a person’s natural skin color is the more melanin it has to help protect skin.
- Knowing the most dangerous times to be exposed to the sun will help you be protected. 10:00 am until 4:00 pm are the times when the sun’s rays are the strongest and therefore most dangerous. Avoid being overly exposed to the sun during these times of the day.
- Cover yourself up. Clothing is one of the ways for you to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Put your hand inside the garment and when you do not see your hand from the outside that should be a good gauge that your clothing is somewhat thick enough as protection. Other coverings would include a hat, an umbrella, shades from roofs, and the like. Regardless of how well you cover yourself up though, staying indoors is still the best way to prevent over exposure to the sun.
- Sunscreen can help you ward of unwanted UV rays. Select sunscreens with high SPF contents. SPF 30 and up should be given priority. Make sure to read the label and to apply accordingly. Re-apply when needed.
- Argan oil is another good way for you to protect skin from harmful sun rays. Able to protect the skin from UV rays, argan oil is also a good source of nutrients for the skin. Vitamin E, fatty acids, and important antioxidants not only help ward off harmful sunlight effects, they also help bring back elasticity and form to skin.
Knowing how to expertly handle the sun will keep you from having damaged skin that causes wrinkles and many other more serious skin problems. Protect your skin and be wise about the sun.