Many people assume just because they are outside hiding in the shade of their favorite tree, or because they are wearing a hat or are borrowing shade from an umbrella at the beach, they are safe from the harmful, damaging rays from the sun. This just isn’t the case, and Vine Vera wants you to know – you aren’t safe in the shade. Join VineVera as we take a look at the risks involved, and how the rays from the sun can still seek you out, find you, and wreak havoc on your health.
Get Schooled On the Sun’s Effects
Did you know that moving out of the sun and stepping into the shade does not stop the process of skin cell changes within your body? Research has found that your body absorbs the UV rays from the sun, and even if you wear sunscreen, you aren’t fully protected from the damaging effects these rays can have on the skin’s actual cell structure.
Research has also found that the skin, when it has absorbed rays from the sun’s glare, can still continue damaging cells even in complete darkness. That’s a scary fact for a lot of people. This also explains why you may not look red when you leave the beach or pool, but you discover a sunburn later in the day. The skin damage can take place for up to three hours after exposure – leaving you with higher chances of contracting the deadliest form of skin cancer, Melanoma.
Within this research and at the conclusion, it has been found that Vitamin E based lotions may be able to help deter the sun’s effects on the skin, and the cell damage itself. Though further research is necessary to say this with absolute certainty, this gives researchers and scientists something to build on, and provides hope for the future.
How You Can Protect Your Skin
Now that spring has arrived and summer is almost around the corner, it is so important to make sure you have a plan before you go out in the sun. Protecting your skin with the highest level of sunscreen possible is essential. Opt for something at least 50 SPF or higher, if you have light to fair skin. You will want to apply this lotion before sun exposure, and every 60 minutes thereafter. If you are planning on spending time in the water, be sure to use waterproof sunscreen, or apply your sunscreen product more frequently – or both.
Covering up exposed skin as much as possible will also help you protect your skin. If you are heading out to the beach, cover up with a fashionable cover-up or bathing suit which doesn’t expose too much skin, upping your risk for skin cancer and sun damage. Wear hats and sun glasses to protect your face and eyes, and always bring an umbrella.
Another great way to get daily sun protection on your face is to wear a daily moisturizer that is infused with built in sun protection. This will ensure your face is always protected, even if you forget to apply your sunscreen before you go out to do some gardening or even just to take your dog for a walk.
Of course, staying out of the sun as much as possible is always the recommended method of skin protection, but we all know the spring and summer months draw us outside for family activities, gardening, barbeques, and more. By taking the initiative to protect ourselves, we give ourselves the best chance of protection. Staying out of the sun as much as possible will also ward off pre-mature aging in which the sun can inflict by excess damage, and fight wrinkles, crows feet, and fine lines.
Vine Vera wants you to have fun in the sun this spring and summer, but we can’t stress the importance of responsible time in the sun enough. Take care of yourself, and your loved ones – because cancer plays no favorites; it wants everyone. Be safe, and protect yourselves.