Welcome back my friends! I love love love the sun! Being from the east coast it is basically impossible to avoid the beach especially in the summer. There is nothing more relaxing to me is laying out in the peach and quiet and reading a book while working on a tan. As nice as that sounds to your mental health your skin is crying for help! However, just like anything in life you can enjoy it in moderation. Here are some helpful hints and information to enjoy the rays and take care of your skin.
Between the ages of 14-25 I baked myself in a tanning bed on the regular. UGH! I know! I was literally addicted to tanning beds and would tan year round. But now I am paying the price! I can see a difference in my skin from years of tanning and I am now fighting it. Now a days they have sooooo many amazing tanning products on the market so you can fake a tan.
Why is the sun bad? Answer: UV Rays and the damaging effects it has on your skin.
UVA Rays: these are the high intensity rays that last all day long. They damage new skin and go through the deepest layers of your skin. These are the rays that cause cancer and make your skin very sensitive.
UVB Rays: These guys are the middle of the road. They penetrate your skin causing wrinkles and lines. These are the rays that they tell you to look out for during am-pm.
UVC Rays: These are the lightest of rays. They are absorbed by the ozone layer and go into your outermost layer of skin. These are not too harmful in small amounts.
Okay so that sounds a little scary but how do we protect ourselves. Obviously stay out of the sun and wear protective clothing but also….sunscreen! Here are some helpful sunscreen tips….
AT LEAST Spf 15
Apply and reapply often
Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure
Look for sunscreen with UVA and UVB Ray protection
Skin care is a very real and very scary thing. This UV ray stuff is no joke. Please protect yourself and always read your sunscreen bottle. Learn about the ingredients or what type of rays it protects against.