Experts believe that most skin cancers are caused by excessive sun exposure before age 18. About 80% of the signs of skin aging are related to exposure to the sun throughout life. So, the more exposure to the sun you have, the greater the chance of wrinkles, blemishes, freckles, and skin color change after 50 years.
So taking action now will help you to prevent further damage to your skin, in addition to ensuring early detection of skin cancer. There will also be less inflammation of the skin, which means less stress on the immune system.
With these 7 basic cares, your summer color will be the color of health. Take your sunbath responsibly and enjoy the sunny days with peace of mind. See the list.
Sunbathe in small doses
Scientists have already analyzed whether any exposure to the sun is harmful. This is because vitamin D – vital for healthy teeth and bones and that protects against certain types of cancer and other diseases – is produced on the skin with exposure to sunlight. Rapid exposure – no more than 10 to 15 minutes – to unprotected skin at noon can maximize vitamin D production. Although you can get vitamin D from food, some people are deficient in this vitamin.
Evidence reveals that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, especially if cooked, could be a sunscreen. Just five tablespoons (55 g) of tomato sauce daily would reduce both sunburn and signs of aging from the sun.
Go beyond sunscreens
Limit intentional sunbathing, especially in the middle of the day. Wear a hat to protect your face, neck, and ears and lip protector. Also, wear sunglasses when outdoors in bright sunlight between 10 am and 4 pm. But, choose glasses that protect against 99% of UVA and UVB rays, the two types of ultraviolet radiation that can cause the most damage.
Continue reading on the next page for more skin care tips on sun exposure precautions!