Please bare with us and we get back on track in the blogging world. Maria & I spent the weekend in Las Vegas with our Husbands. We’ll do a recap soon, but first I wanted to talk about something that’s been on my mind lately.
While on our mini vacation, we spent some time at the pool, laying in the sun.
Now that summer is in full swing, many of us will be laying out all day long by the beach or pool while the sun’s warm rays turn our skin a lovely shade of bronze. Summer weather is perfect for other outdoor activities as well that will keep you in the sun for hours at a time.
But as tempting as it is to spend loads of time outdoors absorbing the sun, I take protecting my skin pretty seriously. A tan may make you look nice now, but it can be life-threatening in the future.
As the largest organ of our body, skin has a big job to do. It is responsible for protecting us from the sun’s UV radiation, from free radical synthesis due to exposure to car exhaust and other air pollutants. It also works to rid our bodies of toxins through oil and sweat excretion. It makes good sense, then, to take very good care of our skin. Right?
It kills me that many people pay so much attention to the foods they eat and how much they exercise, but when it comes to taking care of their skin, they just don’t care. Many people like to get tan, and sadly, do not care about the potential risks when it comes to their skin.
Did you know that 90% of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots on skin are caused by sun damage and could have been prevented?!
I lived in fear of developing skin cancer my entire life. A few people in my family have had skin cancer, including my father, so I feel I really need to take care of my skin, and I do. Yes, I like to get a little tan in the summer, but I don’t take it to the extreme and when I’m in the sun I always wear sunblock. 45 spf on my face and 30 spf on my body. (Be careful what sunscreen you use). I don’t feel the need to get as dark and I can get anymore.
I know there are many self tanners out there, but they only leaving you look orange. Sorry girls, but I’d rather look a little pasty in the winter than an ugly shade of orange. You don’t look good, trust me. And I won’t even talk about tanning beds. I’m embarrassed to admit that I used them a little bit in high school….
Here are some tips for protecting your skin from the sun damage:
1. Always use a sunscreen containing an spf of at least 15, but more preferably 30. You also want to stay away from sunscreens with harsh chemicals that actually do more harm than good.
When looking for sunscreen products, look for better and healthier uv natural sunscreen alternatives. Two nontoxic solutions are the sun blocking minerals zinc oxide (studies show that only sunblock clothing and zinc oxide sunblock totally block UVB and UVA rays) and titanium dioxide; they are supposed to be safer products. Also investigate UVA sunscreen products with micronized zinc oxide as the only active ingredient as sunscreen protection to reduce sun damage of face and skin.
Also, Don’t forget tops of feet and back of the neck.
2. Wear a hat. ( I need to start doing this)
3. Bring a sun umbrella to the beach.
4. Wear sunglasses.
A good pair of UV-blocking sunglasses gives your face more protection and also help protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.
Well I hope I can really change the way many people view protecting their skin from the sun. Just think of lessening your risk of skin cancer and having less wrinkles and spots on your face when you get older!
Do you take protecting your skin from the sun seriously?
Anything I missed that you’d like to add about protecting your skin?