Skin can be harmed through constant sun exposure, and usually, sunburn is an immediate reaction. But damage from the sun occurs over the years. Hyperpigmentation and age spots result from continuous exposure to the sun or sunbeds. As summers approach fast in the UAE, more water activities and sports such as trips to the beach and pools result in an epic spike in sunburns.
We are listing down some of the useful tips to keep in mind when going outdoors so to prevent skin damage through sun exposure:
- Always Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen. We can’t stress enough! It is one of the easiest ways to protect your skin from sun damage. Always wear sunscreen on your face and other skin areas directly exposed to sunlight. Make it a ritual. Sunscreens are quite effective if used properly. Apply it on your skin at least 20 minutes before you head outside. Through research, it has always been stressed to invest in a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects us from UVA and UVB rays. The higher the SPF, the greater the amount of protection. Dermatologists and skin specialists recommend SPF’s value of 30 or higher to be used to prevent sun damage on the face. Moreover, make sure it’s water-resistant.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories
How to avoid the harmful effects of the sun on the skin? Well, this is one question we repeatedly hear from our customers. Therefore, we will advise you to wear protective clothing and keep accessories like umbrellas, sunglasses, sunscreens handy with you when heading outdoors. There is a slight effort needed every day to protect your skin from sun damage. Try wearing full sleeves and darker clothes when outdoors or driving as darker clothes tend to protect more from sun damage than lighter ones. Sunglasses protect your eyes and the sensitive area around them from UV radiation. If using makeup or lip balms, try to invest in products that contain a minimum of SPF 30.
- Avoid Peak Sun
The best way to avoid getting sunburned is by staying out of the sun, but most go outside regularly. Doctors recommend keeping away from the sun when it is intense. Make an effort not to schedule any outdoor activity in the middle of the day from 10 am to 4 pm. Although it seems inevitable as most of our chores are done in the middle of the day, we suggest taking an umbrella with you to protect your skin from sun damage or seeking shade under a tree or any other protective shelter to prevent sun exposure.
Sun exposure is unavoidable, so taking extra care of your skin can prevent you from severe sun damage. If used appropriately, sunscreens to different portable accessories can definitely help us protect our skin from sun damage. Smaller efforts done today can yield enormous results tomorrow. If you still need any assistance, it’s always best to consult a specialist doctor who can understand your skin condition and offer bespoke treatments.