Sun Safety Tips
Winter is wrapping up and warmer weather is just on the horizon, so it is almost time for people to start spending more time outdoors and enjoying the changing seasons. Warmer weather also means the sun will be out longer, and heavy clothes will be stored away. While the sun is a welcome sight after months of cloudy and dark winter days, this also means that your skin is more vulnerable to sun damage, skin cancer, and other sun-related concerns. It's important to wear some degree of SPF every day, but the greater the area of skin exposed and the longer the time spent in the sun, the more at-risk your skin is. To prepare you for the spring and summer months ahead, we've compiled some of our sun safety tips to make sure your skin is protected and ready to go.
Don't Skimp on SPF
Sunscreen, clear skies and warm weather go hand-in-hand, but it's important to remember to wear sunscreen even on cooler overcast days to give your skin the extra protection it needs from the sun's rays. Applying sunscreen to your face and other exposed parts of your body will help prevent sunburn or other sun damage, especially if you plan on spending an extended period of time outdoors.
It is suggested that you apply a broad spectrum sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outside to allow the product to settle on the skin and work its magic when you head out the door. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you find yourself swimming or sweating. Water and sweat can mix in with sunscreen and cause it to wipe away. Dermatologists recommend using at least an SPF 30, so check your sunscreen and SPF products to see if you are getting the right amount of protection for your skin. Consult your dermatologist for more information on the recommended SPF for you and your skin.
Use Other Sun Protective ProductsSunscreen is one of the most widely-used sun protection methods, but your skin needs protection in other ways too. Wear protective clothing, like long sleeve shirts, pants, and hats when appropriate to block the sun from reaching your skin. And don't forget the sunscreen along with these articles of clothing! The sun's UVA and UVB rays can also be damaging to your eyes, particularly if you forget to wear sunglasses or if you're wearing the wrong type of sunglasses. Be sure to pick out sunglasses that are equipped with UVA and UVB protection to keep your eyes and the skin around your eyes guarded from the sun's powerful rays. Avoiding squinting slows the development of wrinkles around the eyes, too.
What to Do About Sunburn
Whether you forget to apply or reapply sunscreen, wear the wrong type of clothing, or simply underestimate the power of the sun's rays, your skin can be burned by the sun, which can put a damper on anyone's vacation. While sunburns are annoying and can be treated, treating them properly will make all the difference. Just be aware that sunburn can lead to skin cancer, so prevention and treatment can help reduce your risk of developing the disease.
To cool your skin, take a cold shower or bath to soothe the burn. Be sure to act quickly on this. Then, apply aloe vera or another sunburn relief lotion or gel to encourage the skin to heal. These products can also prevent the skin from peeling by helping the skin stay hydrated as it heals. Drinking plenty of water is always important in healing the burn. If sunburn becomes severe, doesn't heal, or you notice any unusual markings, moles, or spots on the skin, make an appointment to visit your dermatologist. It's better to have anything checked out earlier rather than later to spot any developing skin cancer or other skin concerns.
Spending time outdoors benefits the mind and body, but too much sun exposure can cause more harm than good, despite how nice the sun may feel on your skin after a long winter. Aside from burns and skin cancer concerns, signs of aging are also associated with prolonged sun exposure and damage. Keeping wrinkles and other signs of aging at bay can be tricky, but remembering to apply sunscreen regularly and keeping the skin out of harm's way can make all the difference.
At Calysta Labs, we've developed our Clarifying Charcoal Mask to help with a number of skin concerns, including signs of aging and sun damage. Applying the mask two to three times per week can help reduce the look of wrinkles and sun damage and leave your skin radiant and refreshed. Just remember to always be safe when you find yourself outside in the sun. The more you protect your skin from the sun now, the more your skin will thank you later!