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    July 18, 2018




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                We take many precautions in our life to be safe. Locking the doors, driving safely, and cooking with care are all common actions we take to ensure a safe and accident-free day. However, there is one danger that we often overlook, sun damage. No matter your plans for the day, the sun naturally affects our lives. Whether it is through a window, on the streets, or lingering on a beach, the sun will find a way to shine through. Fortunately, this article will explain more about the damages of the sun’s rays and ways you can protect your skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.

    Why Should You Protect?

                The sun feels great on our skin and gives us a nice tan. So, what is dangerous about the sun after all?   The first step in protecting ourselves from the sun’s rays is to understand the science behind them. There are three different varieties of rays which contribute to skin damage UVA, UVB, and UVC.  Most UVC rays are blocked by the ozone layer, leaving us to guard ourselves against UVA and UVB rays. You may even notice some sunscreens specifically state that they block UVA and UVB rays. It is important to select these UVA and UVB sunscreens for full protection of the sun’s rays. Without proper protection from these rays, they can harm our skin and eyes. The most prominent consequences of prolonged sun exposure are skin cancers such as melanoma, cornea damage, and sunburns. 

    When Should You Protect?

                Anytime you venture outside, sun protection should be applied. The time frame from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you notice the clouds are covering the sun, do not be fooled. UV rays can still reach through the clouds and cause damage to your skin. It is a good idea to apply sunscreen to your face every morning with your usual skincare routine, despite the weather. Make sure to reapply sunscreen throughout the day as well. The sunscreen bottle will inform you of how often the sunscreen should be reapplied. In addition, there are many natural, powdered sunscreens that can be applied over your makeup for a convenient touch-up throughout the day.

     How Can You Protect?  

                As well as using an all-natural sunscreen, fashion can be your friend for sun protection. You can find clothes that are specifically labeled as having an SPF (sun protection factor) number.  There are many options of fashionable and functional sun-blocking clothes. Even if they are not labeled with an SPF number, clothes can provide sun protection. A way to check the amount of sun protection in your clothes is to hold the fabric up to a ceiling light and notice how much light shines through. If little light shines through, that means the clothing is tightly knit and will offer the most sun protection. In addition to your sunscreen, and clothing; let your accessories work for you. Use hats, scarfs, bandanas, and sunglasses to provide extra protection for your face and neck.

     Glowing and Guarded Skin:

                No matter your age or lifestyle, protecting your skin from the sun’s rays should be a priority.  Even if you feel like you never burn or tan in the sun, you are still receiving rays that can cause damage down the road. Wherever your day takes you, prepare yourself with sunscreen, appropriate clothing, and accessories to combat UV rays. Carry a small tube of sunblock or sunscreen powder with you for quick application. Your skin is too valuable and beautiful to deserve sun damage. Maintain the health of your skin and obtain a youthful glow by protecting it from the sun.