Top 10 Tips on how to protect your skin from Sun Damage

Skin damage is no joking matter. As much as we rant and rail at the lack of sunshine in the UK, we still have sufficient to cause real skin damage.

Top ten tips for protecting skin from sun damage

Summer 2019 is on our doorstep and most of us are thinking about holidays. How many times have we not taken the correct steps to prevent skin damage?

It seems that getting a great tan is more important that skin protection. Often, even the most diligent fall foul.

There are some great websites on the Internet offering skin damage prevention advice. One of the best I fund is Cancer.net. Blog

I make no appologies for ‘borrowing some of their content. Quite often, the most well-meaning of information links go unseen. This is a shame, especially when good advice is available.

Top 10 skincare tips to prevent sun damage

  1. Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy.  
  2. Apply at least one ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill a shot glass) at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Also, use a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
  3. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure it is water resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Other sunscreens may help keep you from getting sunburned, but they won’t protect against skin cancer.
  4. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Reapply every hour if you are swimming or sweating.  
  5. Be extra careful around water and sand. These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of getting a sunburn.
  6. Keep babies younger than 6 months old completely covered and in the shade.
  7. Limit the amount of time you’re in the sun between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. This is when the sun’s rays are the most intense. Practice the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are at their strongest, and you should find shade.
  8. If possible, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Dark clothing with tightly woven fabric blocks more sun than white or loosely woven fabrics. For additional protection, look for clothes made with special sun-protective materials.
  9. Accessorize with a hat that shades your face, neck, and ears and a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses with lenses that have 99% to 100% UV absorption provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
  10. Be even more cautious if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun.  These include specific types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapies.

Please visit this website. There is so much useful advice available. Summer is a time when we need to be at our most vigilant.

If you have any questions on skin care, you can always contact Designed for Beauty. At DFB, we have specialists who will be happy to offer you advice on skin care and other issues related to sun protection.

Your hair and scalp can also be damaged by exposure to harsh sunslight. If you really must be i the sunlight, a hat will help to protect your hair and scalp. if you would rather the world see your great new hairstyle, then there are leave-on condistioners with SPF that will do the job.

Ask for more advice on this and other beauty products at DFB.

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