Making good decisions now can save you from premature ageing and possibly worse later on, so choose wisely. Which sun cream is most effective? Which sunscreens won’t break you out?
If you can’t stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm, make sure you are wearing an SPF suitable for your skin tone. Its common knowledge that the darker you are, the more melanin you have in your skin.
Melanin is the component in skin which makes you tan. The tanning action of the skin is actually a sign of damage and is the body’s natural way of protecting itself. So you would think that the darker you are, the least protection you need, which can give people with darker complexions a false sense of security. Even the darkest skin tones can be damaged by UVA/UVB rays. The following tips will help you decrease your risk of developing melanoma, skin cancer if followed religiously on a daily basis.
COVER UP YOUR SKIN
Throw on a long sleeved shirt or top that ideally has a collar and a sarong or long shorts to banish those burning rays.
SLAP ON THE SUNCREAM
Apply generous amounts of water resistant sun cream of at least SPF 30 to clean, dry skin at least 15 minutes prior to going outdoors. This will allow the cream to absorb into skin and decrease the likelihood of damage upon sun exposure.
WEAR A HAT OR CAP
Whether it’s cowboy hat, a floppy hat or baseball cap, all are good at keeping the heat off your head, face neck and ears.
SLIP ON THE SHADES
Don’t forget your eyes need protection too!
CHILL OUT IN THE SHADE
When the sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 3pm, reach for the shade and sit under a tree, building or umbrella.