Apart from being our body’s primary barrier against bacteria and viruses, we also take pride in our skin. Having luscious, flawless and radiant skin is truly a great asset; and as many say, if cosmetics are paint, then our skin is the blank canvas where beauty can be created. Essentially, we won’t need a lot of make-up just to become gorgeous if we already have lovely and glowing skin. This is why people, even movie stars, do all sorts of things just to protect their skin from damage and keep their skin as healthy as possible.
Sun and Skin
When we slather on our sunscreen, we get too complacent because we think that we’re already 100% protected from the sun’s UV rays. But the thing is, sunscreens only work for a certain number of hours, and their strength will also depend on a number of factors, such as a person’s skin type and the SPF. There are also several people who prefer to get tanned, not knowing that tanning under direct sunlight or even tanning in salons can cause skin damage. All in all, sunlight per se isn’t bad for us. Actually, our body needs it in order to process certain essential vitamins or minerals. But getting too much sun, however, is another story. UV rays are bad for the skin in so many ways.
We can get painful sunburns not only by frolicking on the beach for extended hours. We can also develop sunburns if we stay under the sun too long without protection, such as when engaging in sports activities, running or walking. The sun’s UV rays destroy the outer layer of the skin, and regular overexposure can lead to DNA damage as well.
Some individuals look cute with freckles. But people who are prone to getting sun spots or freckles should limit their time under the sun to prevent the formation of more freckles. Also, those who expose themselves to too much sun on a regular basis may also develop sun spots.
Maybe we can say that two of our greatest fears are old age and wrinkles. The formation of wrinkles, especially on the face, is dreaded by many women, and sometimes, even men. Luckily for men, they age more gracefully, while women encounter more wrinkle-related issues. So, we use vitamin A creams that can supposedly stop or hinder the skin aging process. We get Botox, face lifts, and we have frequent facials just to keep the wrinkles away. We also hide under hats and sunglasses because wrinkles are primarily due to collagen damage, which is exacerbated by exposure to UV rays.
Protecting Our Skin
We are familiar with how important it is to use sunscreen with the right SPF for our skin type. Using sunscreen that blocks UV rays can keep our skin healthier, which then makes us happier. But one of the things that most of us aren’t aware of is that our skin can still get damaged by the sun even while we’re indoors. Shocking? Not really. There are so many ways that the sun’s rays can get inside our homes, like:
– Having open windows
– Having glass windows
– Having sheer curtains
– Having blinds or shades that aren’t or cannot be closed properly
So, what can we do? Obviously, we have to make use of curtains, drapes, blinds or shades, especially from 10 AM to 4 PM, when UV rays are at their most damaging. For instance, when we like to relax in our living area with glass walls, we need to make sure that we have appropriate window treatments that can protect us whilst we settle down. Also, for those who work at night and sleep during the day, they should have suitable drapes or window covers that can properly block out the sun and its harmful UV rays.