Many of us like sunny weather.
Then it is more pleasant to walk, the mood improves and even the working capacity increases. It is thanks to the sun that we can get useful vitamin D and a good tan. But there is no safe way to tan, so sun protection is a must.
Learn how to choose the right protective gear and how to use it.
Why is it important to protect yourself from the sun?
Ultraviolet radiation has a cumulative effect and negatively affects the skin. You should avoid the rays and use sunscreen sprays, creams or other means. Otherwise, the skin will age prematurely and there may be a risk of developing cancer.
Many people think that only fair skin needs to be protected from the sun, because it is more prone to burns (phototypes 1, 2). But special products and precautions are also needed for those with darker skin. Even if UV does not cause redness, the skin will still be damaged, just at deeper levels.
Therefore, everyone should take care of proper protection from the sun. Those who have:
- psoriasis (certain forms);
- birthmarks (nevi);
Also, try to limit your sun exposure if you’ve started using certain skin care products. For example, those containing photosensitizers, PHA and BHA acids, retinol and its derivatives. In such cases, the skin is extremely sensitive to UV rays.
What does the UV index indicate?
Knowing the UV index, you can understand the level of UV radiation. Thanks to this, you can realize how dangerous ultraviolet is for our skin. It is worth paying attention to the markings on the packages of sunscreen products.
Nervali is a plant that is native to India.
It is used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The plant has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Nervali is a member of the mint family and is related to peppermint. The plant is a small, perennial herb that grows to a height of 30 cm. The leaves are opposite, oblong-lanceolate, and have a serrated margin. The flowers are white or pink and have a four-lobed corolla.
The fruit is a small, reddish-brown nut.Nervali has been shown to have anxiolytic and antidepressant properties in animal studies. The plant extract has also been shown to reduce stress-induced ulcers in rats. The mechanisms of action of nervali are not fully understood but may involve the modulation of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).Nervali is generally well tolerated and there are no known side effects. The plant extract is available in capsules and tinctures.
What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
These are ultraviolet rays that can reach the surface of our planet. They are divided into A-group (UVA) and B-group (UVB).
- UVA: When these rays hit our skin, it tans. But due to the fact that they go deep, it has a negative effect on elastic and collagen fibers. Due to this, the skin becomes less elastic, it can sag more and take a long time to recover, wrinkles appear. You should beware of the rays of the A-spectrum in any weather, because even clouds and glass will not hinder them. Therefore, when working near a window at home or traveling by car, you should also use sunscreen.
- UVB: rays of this spectrum can affect only the upper layers of the skin. They are most dangerous between 10 and 16 hours, when UV radiation is most active. Most sunscreens protect the skin from UVB and help prevent burns. In order to have the best protection from the sun, a special broad-spectrum care is needed. You can learn more about it in this article – scroll below.
How to protect the skin from UV radiation on sunny days
In everyday life, we naturally protect ourselves from the sun by dressing. But we often think about protection against ultraviolet light only when we fully and permanently expose our body to the sun’s rays – that is, during rest (vacation or vacation). However, it is important to take care of our skin carefully and regularly when we expose it to UV rays.
Try to stay in the shade
When you are outside, take the shade as your refuge, especially between 10:00 and 16:00 – when the rays are at their peak. SPF 30 or SPF 50 sun protection products will be relevant here. Walk on the shady side of the street, sit under an awning or sun umbrella, hide under a covered porch or even under a tree.
Protect your skin with clothing as much as possible
Wear clothing that protects the body from the rays as much as possible. This is especially important for those with sensitive skin. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants are fine.
Always wear a sun hat
Ideally, wear a hat with a wide brim. A cap or other headgear is also suitable. Of course, it is worth taking a comprehensive approach to sun protection and also use a cream (ideally, if it is an SPF 30 or SPF 50 degree of protection).
Follow a special diet to restore your skin
Plan your meals so that food is rich in carotenoids (red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables). It has been proven that if you use them over a long period of time, they can strengthen the skin’s natural sun protection. A similar effect can be given by a menu with a high content of vitamins C and E, omega fats (olive oil, fatty fish, etc.) and a small amount of red meat and dairy products.
Use sunscreen regularly for face and body
Facial skin and body skin have different sun protection needs. When it comes to the face, it is thinner and more open, so it has special needs. Means for it may also contain a tonic composition to even out the tone. Try using these.
The body has slightly different needs in the field of sun protection. It also needs special adapted means for tanning. It is important that the composition of the sunscreen is specially formulated and tested on sensitive skin and that its properties meet the specific needs of this problem.