Today we would like the talk about the importance of sun protection products and negative influence of sun for our skin and health.
Lets imagine it is a hot July.. Korea… Busan.. Beach.. Sun.. one part of Korean women covered in clothes from toes to head, another applying thick layer of Sun Lotion to the skin intensively. What would people from outside think? How come you can enjoy the sunshine and beautiful summer day wearing so much clothes? How can you get a beautiful bronze tan hiding under the beach umbrella? What is the point of putting so many layers of sun cream if you are going to swim?
Let look at reasons closely!
1. UV Rays
All types of UV radiation have the potential to damage your skin, but each type affects your skin differently. There are 3 types of UV Rays that sun sends to our direction: UVC (does not reach the earth surface); UVB and UVA (direct exposure of everything on the Earth to the sun).
UVA rays, which account for 95 percent of radiation that reaches the earth’s surface, penetrates clouds and windows, cause wrinkles, “sun spots,” and other types of premature aging. UVB affects the top layer of the skin and cause skin damage and sunburns within 15 minutes, also can lead to skin cancer.
The continuously depleting ozone layer has put us at a higher risk of getting affected from the harmful rays of the sun. While you do need the sun for your daily dose of Vitamin D, it does not imply that you should put your health at risk! Applying sunscreen actually blocks these harmful rays from penetrating the skin and triggering skin disorders.
2. Advantages of sunscreen
Obviously everybody seek to have younger looking, radiant, and healthy skin. And, this is one of the most convincing reasons to start using sunscreen. Sun products build a protective layer that shields your skin from developing signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines.
After starting using sunscreen mainly for beauty reasons, skin shows its improvement right away. Tan is healthy – this concept still persists. However, what you should be aware is that while you are enjoying the sun and trying to get that bronze skin you are at the great risk of being harmed by the harsh ultraviolet B rays. If you can not refuse from beach trip and sunbathing then choose a sunscreen that has a minimum of sun protection factor 30 to prevent tanning induced by UVB. And, make sure you reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you have a sensitive skin.
The essential skin proteins, such as collagen, keratin, and elastin are protected by sunscreen. These proteins are required for keeping the skin smooth and healthy. Loosing these will change your skin noticeably and it will be to difficult to return to primary condition.
3. How to choose perfect sunscreen
SPF stands for sun protection factor. Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays. The SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin.Use a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher to protect not only against sunburn, but reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging caused by the sun. SPF ratings are determined in a laboratory setting. SPF-30 products are estimated to allow 1/30 of the sun’s burning rays to get through to the skin (protects against almost 97% of the sun’s burning rays). SPF-50 products are estimated to allow 1/50 of the sun’s burning rays to get through to the skin (protects against approximately 98% of the sun’s burning rays). Actual protection may vary and will depend on the user applying adequate amounts. Application of every 2 hours is recommended to maintain the protection of the skin from harmful sun rays.
Be healthy and protected. Do not forget to apply sun screen every time you plan to leave the house.