Have you ever thought about what the deleterious effects of the sun to our skin are? Well, if you are still young, the damaged inflicted by the sun’s rays might not yet be that visible. The rationale for this is the bit-by-bit manifestation of the additive effects of the sun to our skin. For this reason, people only get to be exposed to these horrifying effects for real if they are already forty years of age and above. Therefore, while you are still young, ensure that your skin is always protected from the sun.
But what are these harmful effects anyway? On the top of this list is sunburn. Besides the irritation and the tenderness that is associated with it, sunburn is undoubtedly one of the highest risks of acquiring melanoma – the most fatal type of skin cancer. Another negative outcome is premature aging wherein manifestations accompanying senility appear even before reaching the aforementioned stage. The sun’s ultraviolet rays contain free radicals which cause wrinkles and other signs that make people appear old by modifying peoples’ genetic make-up. Accompanying premature aging is the appearance of dry and denser skin. The next negative outcome of the sun, which you might not be familiar with is the immune system’s depreciating function. As a result, we can effortlessly develop various types of disorders even skin cancer. And the most dreaded skin condition brought about by the sun is cancer of the skin which also happens to become the cancer type that has the highest prevalence. There are three types, namely, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. The type of skin cancer that most individuals suffer from is basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma actually begins from the formation of actinic keratosis. And malignant melanoma is the most fatal form of the three skin cancer types. It is therefore very important to go to a hospital right away if atypical skin changes begin to manifest.
So, if you do not want to suffer from these harmful effects, learn how you can be adequately protected. Or if you already experienced some of these unwanted effects, it is time to protect those younger than you and prevent them from experiencing the same.
Always wear sunscreen whether you are outside or you are just staying inside your home. Sunscreens are given a certain number to represent their sun protection factor. A not so strong sunscreen is available for use when you will not be going outside your house. But once you step out that door, make sure you are using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of fifteen or greater. You must also make certain that the sunscreen you are to to take home is a broad-spectrum sunscreen – helpful against the two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. You will distinguish that it is a broad-spectrum type of sunscreen if the label on the sunscreen states it protects from both UVA and UVB or if the label indicates titanium oxide or zinc oxide as one of its constituents. When using sunscreens, apply as much as you can and do not think you are wasting because this just might cost you your skin in the end. It will also be of great help if you remain indoors between ten in the morning and three in the afternoon. You should also invest in clothing types that will equip you with extra modes of protection from the sun – clothes that could possibly cover vulnerable areas of skin.