Have you ever speculated what the damaging effects of the sun to our skin’s health are? These adverse effects that the sun produced on our skin will not be present unless several years have already passed. The rationale for this is the gradual manifestation of the additive effects of the sun to our skin. For this reason, people only get to become acquainted with these dreadful effects for real if they are already forty years old and above. So, even at an early age, read on how you will be able to appropriately guard your skin from the sun.
Let us then enumerate these negative effects. The most well-known of them all is sunburn. Besides the nuisance and the tenderness that comes with it, sunburn is seemingly one of the highest risks of acquiring melanoma – the most fatal type of skin cancer. Next is premature aging or early aging. The ultraviolet radiation that emerges from the sun bears free radicals which greatly affect our genes thereby leading to premature aging. Accompanying premature aging is the manifestation of dry and firm skin. The next negative effect of the sun, which you might not be familiar with is the immune system’s depreciating function. Without a reliable immune system, we are highly prone to developing various diseases such as skin cancer. Lastly, the most adverse effect of the sun is skin cancer – the most frequent type of cancer. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma are its three types. Basal cell carcinoma is the most frequent. The type of skin cancer that results from actinic keratosis and is the next most common skin cancer type is the squamous cell carcinoma. And malignant melanoma is the most fatal form of the three skin cancer types. Therefore, do not think twice in consulting a doctor once you perceive unusual changes in your skin.
So, if you do not want to handle 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 remember that sunscreens are very important both inside your doors and outside your doors. Sunscreens are given a certain number to represent their sun protection factor. If you are indoors, you can use a sunscreen with a lower sun protection factor. However, a sunscreen labeled with a sun protection factor of fifteen and above is what you will need once you opt to go outside. You must also ensure that the sunscreen you are to buy is a broad-spectrum sunscreen – helpful against the two types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. There is no better way of knowing this but by looking for the terms titanium oxide, zinc oxide or UVA/UVB filters on the label. In the application of sunscreens, do so copiously to prevent even the most negligible effect of the sun. During the time at which the sun’s rays are most damaging – from ten in the morning until three in the afternoon – limit your activity under the sun. You should also invest in clothing types that will provide you with additional modes of protection from the sun – clothes that could possibly cover everything there is to cover.