Get ready, the hot weather is coming!
That means lots of swimming, hiking, horseback riding, sports and yes sun bathing. So what do we need to do to protect our precious skin? Yes! SUN SCREEN.
So this is your reminder, get out that sunscreen.
Sunscreen protects you from the harmful ultraviolet or UV rays from the sun. There are two types of UV rays more commonly known as UVA and UVB, both types of rays will contribute to the development of skin cancer. Sunscreen is recommended to be worn all year long, however, in the summer we tend to over expose our skin for longer periods of time while wearing less protection of clothing
Wearing sunscreen benefits your health in many ways. Protecting yourself from the harmful radiation from the sun reduces your risk of sun burn, premature aging and most of all possibly getting skin cancer.
A sunburn can occur after too much exposure to the sun or also a tanning bed. Never allow your skin to burn and blister from too much exposure to the sun. You may cause permanent damage to your skin and increase your risk for skin cancer.
Over exposure to the UV rays of the sun will cause premature aging. Using a sunblock daily will help your skin from drying out and causing lines (wrinkles and crepe) on the skin. People who have spent too much time in the sun without protection also have a coarse look to their skin. Wearing sunscreen will also help to prevent age spots.
How do we choose the right sunscreen for our skin?
There are two types of sunscreen, a physical sunscreen or a chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens work by creating a physical barrier and blocking out the harmful rays. A chemical sunscreen absorbs quickly into the skin which proposes a potential health concern. A physical sunscreen will last for several hours and does not need to be reapplied unless it has been wiped off. A chemical sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 1 to 2 hours
When looking for a physical sunscreen check the label for Micronized Zinc Oxide, it is an invisible form of zinc that doesn’t leave the white creamy film on your skin.
So let’s be safe this summer and take the time to use that sunscreen. When you are in your elder years you will be so thankful that you did.