Saturday, June 19, 2021
 Your Physical Health And Well Being

Summer's Searing Heat Can Damage Your Skin

Man's shoulder and back with a sunburn.

During hot summer days, you will most likely want to be outdoors to enjoy the sunny weather. Enjoying hot summer days is muched loved. However health risks do exist if  you overdo getting out into hot sun without some protections. 

Learn to protect yourself from the sun's rays because the sun's rays negatively impact your skin. Do not forget that your skin plays an principal role in regulating your body temperature

Ask yourself 

Am I you managing my skin's health during summers hot and heady days? 

It is time to start taking good care of your skin and correct any damage from the sun. You need to take steps to protect your skin from the sun when you go outside. 

UV radiation rays come from the sun. Other sources such as tanning beds and welding torches are also risk factors.

 UV Sun Damage:

 UV radiation from the sun has ranged from UVA, UVB, and UVC.

  • UVA rays are the weakest of the UV rays. These rays cause skin cells to age, long-term skin damage such as wrinkles. They also play a role in some skin cancers.
  • UVB rays have slightly more energy than UVA rays. They are the source of sunburns. UVB rays also cause most skin cancers.
  • UVC rays have more energy than the other types of UV rays. They are the most damaging rays, react with ozone high in our atmosphere. Filtered by the ozone layer and do not reach the ground.

Impact of Summertime Sun: 

It is essential to take extra care of your skin during the summertime. And escape the midday sun during summer's searing heat. Do not forget that your skin plays an principal role in regulating your body temperature.Too much sun exposure can cause sunburn, eye damage, premature wrinkling, and increases your risk for skin cancer.

Repeated and prolonged ultraviolet (UV) exposure breaks down collagen and impairs the synthesis of new collagen. The sun also attacks the elastin component vital in the fight against wrinkles. 

With unprotected exposure to the sun, skin can become prematurely loose, lined, and leathery. 

Block Harmful Rays:

Stop cooking your skin by being outside in the hot sun. Avoid direct sun exposure, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when UV rays are strongest. 

Shield your skin with clothing and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when you are out in the sun. Never neglect sunscreen and put it on correctly. Choose the right sunscreen a full sunscreen base gives the proper protection. Remember to reapply sunscreen when you are in direct sunlight for prolonged periods.

The broad-spectrum sunscreens cover both UVA and UVB rays. It is judicious to apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen is not just for those with pale skin. Black skin is also at risk of sun damage.

Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps. They can cause long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer. 

Detect Skin Changes: 

Watch over your skin by always examining it regularly. Be attentive to any changes in the shape or size of moles. If they begin to hurt, itch, or start to bleed, seek prompt appropriate care. 

Summary of Sun Safe Reminders.: 

  • Being sun safe  means not just sunscreens, it also means protecting your eyes with sunglasses. Check the label to see if they are a 100-per cent block against UV rays since not all sunglasses are complete blockers.
  • Avoid prolonged unprotected sun exposure. 
  • It is critical to protect your skin from the sun and avoid getting burnt. Always check for signs of sun damage like patches on your skin. 
  • Be extremely vigilant in protecting your skin since sun damage is essentially not reversible.
  •  Remember that UV skin burns will increase your risk of skin cancer.