How to Protect your Skin from Sun?

Griffith Harvey  2019-09-18 15:46:19

When your skin senses UV rays from the sun, it produces melanin to protect itself, and this causes your skin to get darker. But skin darkening is also a sign of damage to the skin. The only way to prevent your skin from getting darker in the sun is to protect it from the ultraviolet rays that cause tanning, cancer, premature aging, and wrinkles. There are many ways to do this, including protecting your skin with lotions, clothes, and other sun-protective products.

  1. 1Wear sunscreens and sun blocks. Lotions, creams, and blocks that protect from the sun work in different ways, but they are all designed to protect your skin from damage, and this will prevent your skin from getting dark in the sun.
    • 2Apply sunscreen to commonly missed body parts. Sunscreen or sunblock is only effective on the areas of the body you apply it to, and there are some areas that people often forget. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your: Nose, Tips of your ears, Scalp, Lips, Eyelids.
      • 3Wear makeup with an SPF. Most moisturizers, bronzers, foundations, and lipsticks these days are available with built-in sun-protection. For an extra layer of protection for your face, choose cosmetics that have an SPF rating of at least 15. Because you only apply makeup once in the morning, you can't rely on it for all your sun protection. Use SPF makeup in conjunction with your other sun precautions. You should still apply a base layer of sunscreen to your face before applying makeup.
        • 4Wear sunscreen every day. This still applies even if you don’t plan to go outside. Your skin is still exposed to UV rays inside, because UV passes directly through glass and windows in buildings and houses. Wearing sunscreen to be in the car is also important, because UV also passes through car windows.
          • 5Wear sun-protective clothing. Most summer clothing doesn’t provide a measurable amount of sun protection, but there are clothes out there that are specifically designed to protect you from the sun. Sun-protective clothing will have a UPF rating that measures how much protection it offers. Look for something with a UPF rating of at least 30, and make sure to wear long sleeves, long pants, and high collars to protect the most amount of skin.
            • 6Cover your face. To protect your face from tanning or burning, wear a wide-brimmed hat with a brim that’s at least two to three inches wide. Look for hats with total coverage brims or veils that protect sensitive areas like the ears and back of the neck. If you want to wear a baseball hat or hat with minimal coverage, pair it with a sun-protective veil or bandana that will cover exposed areas.
              • 7Beware of reflected sunlight. Sunlight and UV rays reflect off a wide number of surfaces. You have to be careful of the rays from the sky and the ones bouncing back at you from below, because they can all darken your skin.