Exposure to the sun has short, medium and long-term consequences. In addition, it involves the so-called accumulated memory: since children these hours of sunshine accumulate on the skin, increasing skin aging and the risk of skin cancer.
What would it be like in summer without enjoying the terraces with friends or spending hours lying in the pool or on the beach? With the arrival of the summer season, the desire to take off layers of clothes begins and the rush to get a nice tan to look more beautiful begins. Therefore, in order not to give up looking better, the skin must be protected from the sun’s rays by using adequate protection.
We must be aware of what the epidermis may suffer in the short, medium and long term. The sun is the largest known carcinogen, even more so than tobacco. Therefore, protection is key. According to J. Calpe, medical director and Family Medicine doctor: “It’s always been believed that a sun-drenched face looks healthy, when in fact that reddish or brownish tone you see on your skin after sun exposure is the image of the damage to your skin that creates more pigments to react to the aggression”.
How to protect yourself from the sun’s rays so that it does not affect your skin?
Try to minimize exposure to the sun, which is not a lot of hours and avoid it being at noon, that is, not coinciding with the central hours of the day.
Use creams with the appropriate sun protection factor and water resistant. Also, do not forget to apply them frequently, abundantly and without forgetting any part of the body. Dr. Calpe reminds us that “a good sunscreen is to reduce the effects of the sun, not to increase the time of exposure”.
Protection is never a bad thing when you go to the pool or the beach. For this reason, you should bring umbrellas, hats, caps, sunglasses, etc.
Moisturize the skin and body. It is essential to apply moisturizing cream with protection both a few days before and after sun exposure. In addition, the medical director recommends “drinking plenty of fluids (water if possible) and supplementing the diet with foods that help to protect the body, such as classic carrots, which can be accompanied by foods containing vitamin C, soya, fruit and vegetables”.
Caution if you are taking any medication or if you are pregnant: skin spots may be created by contact with the sun.
Dr. Calpe also recalls that skin is damaged on both a sunny day and a cloudy day. Therefore, sun protection must be daily, whether it is sunny or cloudy, whether it is summer or winter. Always protect the parts of the body exposed to the sun.
In short, enjoying the summer holidays and, in the process, getting some colour doesn’t have to be a bad thing, as long as exposing yourself to the sun is a responsible way.
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