Last time, we talked about what happens to our skin when we’re out in the sun for too long. The sun’s UV light damages the fibers in our skin called elastin and when these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch and lose its’ ability to rebound from the damage caused by the sun.
The most important information to know- while it may not be apparent when we’re young- is that the damage will surely reveal itself later on in your life when you enter your 30’s, 40’s and so on.
Some noticeable symptoms of being exposed to the sun for too long are:
- Fine and coarse wrinkles
- Discolored area of the skin
- Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin
- Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (causing lines, wrinkles and sagging skin)
So what’s a girl to do when you love laying out on the beach and crave that healthy, glowing tan?
Taking a preventive approach is the #1 most natural way to take care of your skin against premature aging and the potential of skin cancer. This includes using sunblock anytime you step out of your house. As part of your daily skincare routine, adding sunblock as the last step after moisturizing your skin will take less than a minute, however your skin will reap years of benefits from this small yet powerful habit.
Using sunblock and even carrying a travel-sized bottle with you will help shave off 5-10 years on your appearance in the long run. If you plan on being out in the sun for long periods of time, we recommend reapplying it every two to three hours. The higher the SPF does not necessarily mean that it will protect your skin for longer time. Just as long as it is 15 or 30 SPF proof, and you reapply it throughout the day, the sunblock will do plenty to protect your skin from sun damage.
Also, just as crucial and an easy preventative measure is to wear a hat anytime you are in the sun for too long. Not only does this protect you from getting a headache from overexposure of the sun but also will prevent any direct sunlight from creating darker melanin for your skin.
So, there you have it. Summer proof your skin with the simplest habit can bring the most effective result!