How To Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

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Being under the sun for long periods of time can have devastating effects on the skin. It is for this reason that you need to take extra care of your skin while going under the sun.

Despite the best of treatments available today, countless people continue to die from the skin cancer, a malady which is basically brought about due to overexposure to the sun. The harmful UV rays apart from causing sun burns can also lead to sun tanning and can cause the skin untold damage. However one other significant harm caused by exposure to the sun which many people are unaware of is aging. The UV rays tend to penetrate the skin damaging the collagen in the process. Collagen is basically a protein that holds the skin together in a firm and smooth way and damage to this key ingredient can lead to wrinkles which may accelerate the onset of aging. Studies indicate that about 75% of early skin aging is caused due to exposure to the sun. Therefore it is imperative that you take adequate measures to protect yourself from the sun's gaze and in this article, we tell you exactly how to do so.
The best way to protect your skin from sun damage is to avoid the sun altogether. The sun's rays are at their highest intensity between 11:00 am to 3 pm, so try enjoying the sun's warmth either in the early mornings or late afternoons. Whenever you are venturing out, choose the protective gear that will help you to counteract the sun's harmful effects. They are as follows -

Protective Clothing – Wear clothes that will cover most of your body. Wearing cotton clothes is advised as they are more comfortable and you also tend to sweat lesser in them. Put on a hat or take along an umbrella that will act as protective shields.

Sunscreen – Sunscreens prevent the sunscreen from penetrating the skin. However you shouldn't choose just about any sunscreen. Your product should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more and it should be waterproof. It should be applied 30 minutes before stepping outside and should be applied generously on the skin so as to get the maximum protection. Besides protecting you from sunburns, sunscreens also prevent other symptoms such as premature aging.

Eat plenty of fruits and leafy vegetables as these are rich in antioxidants and can help in repairing damaged skin. Foods rich in vitamin C are especially recommended as they can work towards protecting your skin from the sun's rays.

Also work towards repairing the damage yourself. Self examine yourself and check for any changes that have taken place in your skin such as change of size, texture, color of mole, etc. A detailed examination on a regular basis will help you detect any signs of skin cancer early. If you find anything unusual or out of the ordinary, do not delay and contact the doctor straightaway. Hopefully these tips would help in protecting your skin from the sun's torturous gaze.

05 Sep, 2011

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