Sunlight is essential for our life. It has different positive effects on our body and life. It enhances our mood, threat seasonal depression, releases stress, improves sleep and maintaining healthy bone strength. On the other hand, exposing to the sun without protection has harmful effects on our skin.
Sun could cause premature aging for our skin. The sun’s rays have the immediate effect of drying out the skin. Overexposure to sun can lead to loss of moisture and elasticity, making lines and wrinkles suddenly seem more visible.
Another effect of sun on skin is hyperpigmentation. The appearance of dark spots is directly linked to exposure to ultraviolet rays. The spots are the result of the over production of melanin. These often stubborn spots accumulate over time.
The other serious side effect of sun on skin is skin cancer. A connection between sun exposure and skin cancer has been clearly proven. The more a person has been exposed to the sun during lifetime, the higher the risk of developing skin cancer she/he has.
So by over exposing to sun, UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin layers, damaging collagen and cells which leads to wrinkling, hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity. UVB (burning) rays mostly affect the outer layer of the skin. They cause sunburns and tanning that increase the risk of skin cancer and other disorders.
Now the question is that:
How we can protect our self against sun’s harmful effects while enjoying it and receive its benefits?
Protection from the Sun
Much of the damage to our skin caused by sun exposure can be prevented. You can protect yourself with UV filtering sunglasses, long sleeves or a brimmed hat. If you are going to be outside for long periods, sit under a cover of a building, an umbrella or a tree that has dense shade underneath. Also having the right sun protection and applying it 20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapplying your sun protection after two hours being in the sun and after swimming or heavy sweating, is necessary. At Golden Pulse Laser Clinic we use EltaMD sunscreens. EltaMD is widely recognized as the leading brand of physician-dispensed sunscreens. All EltaMD sunscreens are formulated with zinc oxide, a natural, mineral compound. Because zinc maintains its protective ability in the sun, it is more photo stable than some chemical ingredients that may degrade. Zinc sunscreen blocks the widest spectrum of UVA and UVB rays, protecting skin against burning and the premature appearance of aging and risk of skin cancer. Zinc is safe for even the most sensitive skin types. In this line, you can find the right sun protection for your skin type and it has tinted sun protection which gives a foundation coverage to your skin. The texture is so light and you can find variety of SPFs in this line.