It may be winter but the sun doesn’t go away in winter. In fact the rays can be more intense if you live in a snowy climate. Here are 5 ways to protect your skin from the sun and its damaging rays.
Choose the best sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is essential to keeping the sun’s rays at bay, but you probably already know that. What kind of sunscreen is the big question. There are many products out there that say they include sunscreens but that may not be enough to really do the job. While these products definitely are helpful they just may not have the punch a product designed specifically for the job might. So we recommend applying an actual sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. Using sunscreens that use zinc oxide will work the best because zinc oxide covers the whole UVA/UVB spectrum. Zinc is also very beneficial for the skin it acts as a sunscreen, an astringent, an acne treatment and it is helpful at healing wounds. You may find however that you need to try out several products before deciding on the perfect one that doesn’t clog your pores or leave a film.
Keep your sunscreens fresh
Make sure the sunscreens you do choose are fresh. The active ingredients in sunscreens will lose potency over time. For that reason they usually come with an expiration date. Make sure you have enough and you aren’t using them past their expiration date.
Limit your exposure
Simply put if your not in the sun you don’t have to protect from it. If you do go out try not to stay out in it for more then an hour each day. That doesn’t mean become a shut in and never expose yourself to the sun. If you are going to go out for a prolonged period of time just be smart about it. Try to stay in shady areas, use the environment around you to provide your shade. Cover exposed areas of your skin by choosing a style that makes use of wide brimmed hats or scarves which will provide shading you carry with you all day long. Wear large brimmed sunglasses that have UV protection. The large brims not only are stylish but they protect the most sensitive skin around your eyes. Jackie O had it right.
Don’t wait till your outside
Sunscreen takes at least 20 minutes to absorb into the skin and become effective. If you wait until you are outside to throw on your sunblock you might as well not have any on at all. We recommend making it part of your morning routine to apply sunblock before you ever leave the house.
Treat from the inside
As always a healthy diet can help go a long way in keeping your skin healthy. There are also studies which show what your consume helps handle how your body processes sunlight. Either eating foods or using supplements that contain antioxidants and vitamin D help your body process the sun better.