Do you know that exposing your skin to the sun for just 15 minutes can cause serious damage to your skin?
Yes, although the natural vitamin D from the morning sun is important for our mental and physical well-being. However, too much exposure can become harmful.
In the United States, most cases of skin cancer are a result of excess skin exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays (UV). The sun contains harmful UVA and UVB rays which can cause accumulated damages like sunburn, wrinkles, pigmentation cancer, and even dry skin.
In this post, we seek to outline five effective ways to protect the skin from the damaging UV rays from the sun. Please, note that UV rays are active and can harm your skin even if it’s not sunny. Now, grab a bite, and let’s take a look at these strategies!
1. Always Apply Sunblock
The number one rule in maintaining radiant skin is always to apply sunscreen or sunblock before leaving your house each morning.
Sunscreens are designed to shield ultraviolet radiations from the penetrating skin when exposed.
They are classified based on their effectiveness in blocking UV rays through their Sun Protection Factor number(SPF). That means, the higher the SPF number, the more effective the sunscreen will be at blocking UV rays. Choosing the right sunscreen and applying it right is very crucial.
At Gold Cosmetics and Skincare, we recommend using Our Sunblock SPF 50. Unlike other sunscreens, this product is unique because of its ability to provide 24-hours all-around protection from the sun.
2. Put On Protective Wear
In a situation where you’ll be staying outside for a long, ensure you wear protective clothing that covers your skin properly. Though the level of protection you get may depend on the kind of cloth you are putting on.
For instance, you’ll get more protection from thicker fabrics than when you are wearing lighter fabrics. The same thing applies to when you are wearing clothes with darker colors or dry fabrics.
Generally, we recommend wearing clothes labeled with a high UV protection factor (UPF). A Higher UPF number indicates higher protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays.
3. Wear Sunglasses
When going out under the hot sun or hot climate, we recommend adding sunglasses as part of your accessories. Sunglasses do not just protect the eyes from the sun.
Rather, they also protect the skin surrounding the eyes.
Being very dark does not mean a sunglass is effective in shielding the UV rays.
However, if you wish to purchase sunglasses, look for the ones that have 99% to 100% UV protection stated on their labels
4. Avoid Long Sun Exposure
If you can avoid exposing your skin entirely or going out under the sun, we recommend that you do that. Most times, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are more intensified during afternoons or around 10 am to 4 pm
So, you should shift any schedule that will make you stay out for long during these hours. In a situation where you have no option, always stay under a shade with sunscreen applied all around your skin.
5. Wear a Protective Hat
Hats can be protective because of their ability to provide small shades around the ears, face, and the back of the neck. Furthermore, most hats are made with tightly woven fabrics. So, wearing them can protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays.
On the other hand, avoid hats with holes that can let sun rays pass through them. Also, we advise wearing hats with darker colors as darker colors are known for absorbing light. A baseball cap is also interesting because it protects the ear and the back of the neck properly.
Now, what do you think about our top five selected ways to protect the skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays? Let us know what you think in the comments.
If you don’t have any sunscreen added to your skincare routine, we recommend our Sunblock SPF 50. It comes in different versions. If you are confused about which is better for your skin tone, you may choose our Sunblock SPF 50 Regular as it goes with any skin type.
However, if you have any questions or wish to get in touch with us. Why don’t you do so right away? Our skincare experts are always at the other end waiting for your calls and texts.