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Best Ways to Avoid Sun Damage

Emoni Rochelle

Proper sun protection is essential to maintaining healthy, youthful skin in the long term. No matter your skin type, you should take action to protect your skin from damaging sun rays. Here, we’re going to give you several methods of full proof sun protection.

Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is the best way to protect your skin from damaging rays. You have a couple of options when it comes to sunscreen. There are chemical and physical sunscreens. Depending on your skin type and specific needs, one may be a better option than the other.

Chemical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and then work to absorb the UV rays, convert them to heat and then release them from the body. Octinoxate and Oxybenzone are common active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens.

Physical Sunscreen

Physical sunscreen, on the other hand, sits on top of the skin and works by reflecting UV rays off of the skin. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are common active ingredients used in physical sunscreens.

Things to consider: Physical sunscreen is typically better for sensitive skin as it is less irritating, although it can feel heavier on the skin. It has also been known to leave a white cast, especially on darker complexions, making it difficult to blend in. There have been numerous formulations made to address these issues to include matte formulas, tinted sunscreens…etc. Therefore you can certainly find one that will work for you.

Chemical sunscreen may be the better option for you if you want a formula that absorbs more quickly into the skin or if you need a water-resistant formula.

Either way, there is a sunscreen out there for you and I encourage you to choose one that fits your skin type and wear it consistently!

Protective Clothing

Sun damage

While sunscreen is important, it should be used in conjunction with other methods such as protective clothing. Wearing clothes that cover the exposed areas of the skin is key, although there is also clothing that is specifically designed for sun exposure. This type of clothing has a UPF or ultraviolet protection rating and is best used when you’re going to be spending substantive time outside or during outdoor activities.

Hats and sunglasses are also essential clothing pieces for proper sun protection. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is very effective at protecting the skin on the face, neck and even shoulders. Sunglasses not only protect the eyes but also the delicate skin around the eyes.

In all, damaging sun exposure can have a lasting effect on the skin for years to come and can even contribute to developing skin cancer. Therefore sooner you start to use protective barriers, the better. I hope this gives you a better idea of the different ways you can stay protected!


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