Summers are stunning in their own unique way. Imagine strolling along the beaches and soaking up the summer sun. You would also want the vacation that you had been looking forward to. But when you come back from the beach with tanned arms and legs, the joy quickly wears off.
A portion of the sun's light spectrum that reaches the earth includes UV rays. UV rays are invisible to the human eye because their wavelengths are shorter than those of visible light. Both UVA and UVB enter the atmosphere and contribute to early aging, skin cancer, and eye damage.
Not only when you go swimming at the pool or beach, but also any time your skin is exposed to the sun, such as when you go out for a bike ride, a game of basketball, a hike, gardening, or a trip to the market, etc. You could perhaps develop a tan. But why does your skin get tanned if you spend a lot of time in the sun? The answer is the color of your skin is due to a pigment called melanin. Melanin prevents your skin from getting damged under the sun's rays. When you go out into the sun, the skin begins to produce more melanin to protect itself from the sun's ultraviolet ( UV) rays. Over along period of time, this melanin accumulates under your skin and gives you a tan.
On how to avoid getting a sun tan, there are some helpful tips. As an example, you could:
Wear a hat with a wide brim.
This is useful for shielding your face, ears, and neck from the sun's damaging UV rays when it's hot outside.
Put on UV-protective sunglasses.
They not only look stylish, but they also keep us from having to strain our eyes in the harsh sunlight. The most crucial factor, however, is that when you wear sunglasses, you are shielding your eyes from damaging UV radiation as well as the delicate skin around your eyes.
Wear light-weight long sleeves, skirts, and/or pants.
Even when they are crumpled, lightweight cotton and linen shirts look fantastic. Wear them in the most flattering way for you with breathable cotton pants.
Additionally, it provides shade for your skin. However, don't expect to feel instantly "cooler" — just a little bit less warm. It need to be loose, not tight. On the other hand, wearing a long skirt below the waist is definitely the trendiest look.
Purchase clothing with the UV Protection Factor (UPF) label.
Clothing is the best form of sun protection because it creates a protective covering. Sun protection for your skin is important, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Every clothing has some skin-protective properties, although it relies on the UPF rating. The UPF of a typical shirt is 15. You can find the UPF rating of a fabric on it if it has undergone testing. It could be tied to the shirt's inner or be printed on the tag. To determine how much UV light can travel through dry, unstretched fabric, clothing is put through a radiation measurement test.
The majority of sun protective apparel manufacturers use the UPF rating system, which was developed in Australia in the middle of the 1990s and offers three categories of protection:
Apply on sunscreen and sunblock cream.
Sunscreen and sunblock serve as a physical barrier, preventing the skin from being exposed by the sun's UV rays. However, keep in mind that aside from their many benefits, such as preventing sunburn and premature aging, sunscreen and sunblock also have some drawbacks, such as sticking to some skin types, causing irritation, and some ingredients being absorbed into the body. As a result, always consult a dermatologist before applying any products to your skin.
Put on shoes that cover your feet.
In summer, switch to covered shoes to prevent unattractive tanning of your feet.
Bring an umbrella when you go out.
It's a good idea to use your umbrella as sun protection, especially if you're in an area without any nearby trees or buildings that can provide shade.
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