With May - which is melanoma and skin cancer awareness month- ahead of us, we decided we wanted to shed some light on the risks associated with sun exposure on both children and adults, as well as share some tips on the ways in which we could prevent any damage to the skin.
To start off with, it’s important to know that sunburns occur when the invisible UV rays that the sun emits reach the skin. There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are the ones that cause skin aging and wrinkling, as well as melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn and have a negative effect on the immune system as well as on the eyes. These risks are the same for both children and adults, but they particularly need to be taken care of for children as they could have long term effects on their skin and overall health.
To prevent the dangers of sun exposure, there are certain things that should always be taken into consideration before and after going out in the sun:
Yes, even if you’re not going to the beach. Applying sunscreen every day, whether that’s on its own or under makeup, gives your skin a necessary layer of protection ahead of the day. Even though it might not seem necessary during a normal day out, using broad-exposure sunscreen (which protects from both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30 or higher will keep your skin burn, aging and wrinkling free on the long run.
For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant sunscreen. Apply it to your face and entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
Limit Your Exposure
It’s important not to spend too much time under the sun, particularly during peak times (between 10 am and 4 pm). If you have to spend that time outside, try to cover up using UV-blocking sunglasses, broad-brimmed hats or by staying in the shade.
Keep Newborns Out Of The Sun
Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
Apply Aloe Vera
In case of sunburn, applying Aloe Vera cools and soothes the skin, and helps in preventing itching.
Moisturizing is a vital part of treating any sunburn, it helps combat the dryness and aids the skin in healing and avoiding the skin peeling because of the burn.
We hope that, with summer and beach season ahead of us, you will take these tips into consideration whenever you go out! For any product mentioned above, you can check out our selection of sun and skin care products here. In the meantime, enjoy the sun safely!